The number of foreign investment projects in the Netherlands has risen from 115 to 170: an increase of 48%. This has pushed the Netherlands from the eighth to the fifth position in the top 10 most attractive European investment countries.
Compared to last year, the Netherlands has overtaken Belgium, Poland and Russia.
Ernst & Young’s Barometer Nederlands vestigingsklimaat 2012 (pdf, 4mb) – Investment climate in the Netherlands 2012 – is the source of this information, in which 205 decision-makers from international organisations within and outside the Netherlands give their views about the investment climate in the Netherlands as well as their expectations of the appeal that the Netherlands may have in the future. For the Netherlands, it is now imperative to hold onto investments and ensure that this increase is not a one-off occurrence.
Although Europe finds itself in difficult economic and political climes, foreign investors are still finding their way to Europe. Compare to 2010, the number of foreign investments rose by 4% in 2011. Low growth, high government deficits and a fragmented political system are apparently not insurmountable obstacles for investors. Read the report on the European investment climate for more details.
The number of foreign investments in sales and marketing facilities in the Netherlands continues to rise and this is the most common type of investment. There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of logistic and production facilities. This year, the Netherlands is living up to its reputation as ‘Gateway to Europe’. The United States remains by far the most important investor in the Netherlands. The share of investments from the BRIC countries remains low and at 6.5% is on virtually the same level as the rest of Europe.