Zuid-Holland lies in the West of the Netherlands, bordering the North Sea, covering an area of 3,000 square kilometers with a population of 3.5 million. Its main cities are The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden, and Delft. Zuid-Holland’s capital The Hague is also the official residence of the King of the Netherlands, as well as the basis of the national governments and parliaments and the International Court. Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, is located in Zuid-Holland and a major economic driver, including the highly developed industry and agriculture/ horticulture. Nearly a quarter of the GDP in the Netherlands originates in Zuid-Holland, and it’s the Netherlands' most important area for the petroleum, chemical, logistics, flowers, horticulture, animal husbandry, water conservancy, knowledge and environmental protection industries, among other fields, due to the unique combination of advantages, such as the presence of three of the largest universities (Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Zuid-Holland 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 will be an important partner for any Chinese organization achieving to have a cooperation in the Netherlands, as well as an important stepping stone to enter the European market.
InnovationQuarter (IQ) is the regional development agency for Zuid-Holland. IQ’s mission is to strengthen the regional economy by supporting and stimulating the innovation potential of Zuid-Holland. IQ finances innovative and fast-growing companies, assists foreign companies seeking to establish themselves in Zuid-Holland and organises partnerships between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and governmental organisations. In doing so, IQ supports technological developments, encourages entrepreneurship and invests in start-ups.