Netherlands attractive for foreign companies

The Netherlands is the most attractive country for foreign companies wishing to establish themselves in Western Europe This is due to the relatively low operating costs for start-ups.

Companies face lowest expenses in the Netherlands, according to a study by accounting firm KPMG.

Especially Dutch office facilities are relatively inexpensive. Also incentives for companies doing research and development, make the Netherlands attractive. Furthermore, in Western Europe, only the labor costs in the UK are cheaper.

The United Kingdom and France score second and third place on operating expenses. Germany is, in Western Europe, the most expensive country to start a business.


According to the accountancy firm, in choosing a new location one should look carefully at the costs.

“The fact that the Netherlands scores well in cost comparisons, is an important signal to foreign companies that especially in these time have an emphasis on cost as a selection criterion in their choice of location,” writes KPMG.

For the study, the agency compared the cost of labor, finance, energy, transport, telecommunications and taxes.


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About Marco Kivit

I am a financial (controller) with a broad financial experience and interest. Companies that I worked for include both large companies as well as Small- and Medium sized companies in various sectors, such as Allianz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Royal Dutch Household, Royal Dutch Mint. I have set up Business Club Spanje to bring people and organizations together, to share knowledge about doing business in and between Spain and the Netherlands and to promote our partners.