Zuid-Holland the “best accessible province in Europe”
The accessibility in Zuid-Holland and the links with the remainder of the world are the very best in comparison to other medium-large regions in Europe.
That is the conclusion of fDi Magazine, a bi-annual edition of Financial Times Group in which the performance of 301 cities and 150 regions in Europa are compared. The fDI benchmark focuses mainly on economic potential, business location, infrastructure and labour potential. Companies and investors use this research to make targeted investments in Europe.
In the latest edition of ‘European cities and regions of the future 2018/2019’, Zuid-Holland is number 1 in the ’connectivity’ category. The accessibility was measured by, among other things, the road and rail density and quality, the proximity of harbours and airports, the number of logistical businesses or the availability of high-speed internet. Apart from the accessibility, the category also expresses the level in which the region succeeds in importing and exporting large quantities of goods.
“A very nice result”
Zuid-Holland advances on the fDi-ranking ‘connectivity’: 2 years ago, the Province was in third place. Regional Minister Floor Vermeulen is pleased with the advance and the final score. “A very nice result” Our investments and those of our partners appear to be recognised in Europe. And now it is important to hold on to this first place and to remain the best accessible province in Europe.”
‘Region with a future’
The Province of Zuid-Holland performs well in other areas as well, compared to European regions. Zuid-Holland is also in the top-10 of the medium-sized regions with a ‘future’ and economic potential, according to fDi. (A medium-sized region according to fDi is a region with 1.5 to 4 million residents.) Rotterdam and The Hague also did well. Of the 'large cities of the future’, Rotterdam takes third place, and, together with The Hague, first place in ‘accessibility'.