Zuid-Holland is one of the twelve provinces of the Netherlands. It is a prime location for businesses, thanks to its strategic geographical position on the North Sea coast, the main European seaport Rotterdam, the government city of The Hague and the university cities of Leiden and Delft. Its accessibility and infrastructure make it perfectly suited for serving markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Zuid-Holland ranks in the top 10 of mid-sized European regions of the future regarding connectivity (European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17, fDiIntelligence).
The port of Rotterdam, situated in Zuid-Holland, is Europe’s largest and most important seaport. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, ranked as Europe’s best airport for both cargo and passenger transport, is nearby, in the neighbouring province of Noord-Holland. The province of Zuid-Holland itself is home to the regional Rotterdam The Hague airport that also offers international flights. In addition, the Netherlands has an extensive road and rail network, providing connections to wider Europe and beyond. Furthermore, the Netherlands has the highest broadband penetration in the world, as well as offering one of the fastest average broadband speeds.
Favourable innovation environment
The province of Zuid-Holland has a strong concentration of knowledge, human capital and economic capital that makes this economically smart region an incubator of innovation. The Netherlands’ top scientific sector, open innovation approach, well-organised public-private partnerships and creative mind-set offer a favourable environment for companies looking for business acceleration.
International business environment
The Netherlands has a long history of Europe’s most important trading crossroads. It combines a pro-business environment with an international outlook and it is open to foreign investment. The province of Zuid-Holland is home to a wide array of multinationals, such as Shell and Unilever, as well as numerous small and mid-sized international businesses.
The Netherlands has one of the most highly educated, flexible and motivated workforces in Europe. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 ranks 13 Dutch universities in the top 200 of its annual listings, with Delft University of Technology, based in Zuid-Holland, ranking in the top 20 for engineering and technology and in the top 50 for life sciences. Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University, both based in Zuid-Holland as well, rank at 69 and 77 respectively. In addition, Dutch professionals are among the most multilingual in the world.
Attractive quality of life
The Netherlands has a high standard of living, whilst maintaining an affordable life for its residents. The costs of living, housing, education and cultural activities are lower than in most Western-European countries. This is underlined by the top 10 positions of the province of Zuid-Holland and its neighbour Noord-Holland in the 2016 European Cities and Regions of the Future report (fDiIntelligence) as mid-sized European regions of the future for human capital and lifestyle.
You can find detailled information about investing in the Netherlands, its attractive tax regime and favourable business climate on the website of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA). If you wish to find out more about the province of Zuid-Holland's key economic clusters, and why investing in these clusters is a good idea, the following pages provide some useful information: