Second place for the Netherlands in global business rankings
A recent study by the financial news agency Bloomberg (March 2012) reveals that the Netherlands is one of the best places in the world for doing business. Only Hong Kong beats the Netherlands in the rankings. The Netherlands mainly scores well in terms of the cost of transporting goods, because of its ports and airports and its good access to the European hinterland. And as regards the ease of starting a business, the Netherlands is streets ahead of every other country.
The results were confirmed by a major European study conducted by an accounting firm (March 2012). The Netherlands is one of the most attractive countries for foreign companies seeking to become established in Europe. In terms of operating costs, the Netherlands is the cheapest country after the UK and the best country in the eurozone. The study measured the most important cost items such as wage costs, set-up costs, transport costs, telecommunications, energy and taxes. The Netherlands scores highly in the areas of telecommunications, research and development (R&D), production processes and wage costs.