Netherlands lags behind European rivals

15th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The number of foreign companies investing in the Netherlands is at the same level as before the economic crisis. This is evident from the annual survey by Ernst & Young. In the European rankings, the Netherlands fell from seventh to eighth place.

Although the number of investment projects in the Netherlands grew by six percent, other European countries such as Germany, Poland and Belgium managed to attract more foreign investors. A positive development is that the number of investments in headquarters in the Netherlands has increased again for the first time in three years.

According to foreign investors, the Netherlands has some strengths such as the socially stable environment, infrastructure and quality of life. Less attractive are labour costs, the inflexible labour market and real estate costs. As in 2009, foreign companies invested the most last year in Britain. The biggest increases were in Serbia 162 percent and Lithuania 210 percent.

The outlook for the Netherlands. according to the study, is moderately positive. 23 percent of decision makers interviewed by Ernst & Young said they had concrete plans for the creation or expansion of an establishment in the Netherlands. But 47 percent said they have definitely no such plans. Surrounding countries such as Belgium and Germany scored better in this respect. as

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