Economy and Finance

The Dutch Economy

The Netherlands is one of the world’s top ten economies in export volume and ranks among the top twenty for GDP, despite being geographically one of the smallest countries in the world. The Netherlands owes its high rankings in large part to its advanced transport infrastructure – with the port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport as its hubs – and its highly developed telecoms infrastructure. Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport, and the fourth largest in the world in terms of container activity, while Schiphol is western Europe’s fourth largest airport. Together, they have helped build the Netherlands’ reputation as ‘the gateway to Europe’.

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Facts & figures

For specific facts, figures and forecasts regarding the Dutch economy, please visit these websites:

Foreign investment:

Netherlands Foreign Trade Agency

NL Agency

Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency


Regulatory bodies:

Netherlands Competition Authority (NMA)

Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA)

The Netherlands Consumer Authority