The Netherlands is one of the most competitive economies in the world and has a leading role in digitalisation, innovation and sustainability. Moreover, the Netherlands has an excellent infrastructure with a world-class airport, top-ranked seaports, public transport services, high-speed roads, and broadband networks, making the Netherlands top ranked in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.
Apart from the excellent infrastructure, the fact that around 90% of the Dutch speak English and many people are multilingual, makes that the Netherlands is seen as the “Gateway to Europe”. The Netherlands offers a very good business climate for an optimal European supply chain.
Besides these unique selling points, the Dutch government has created a competitive tax regime that stimulates entrepreneurship and foreign investment in the Netherlands. A combination of rather low corporate income tax rates compared to most other (EU) countries, various attractive financial incentives, a far-reaching network of nearly 100 bilateral tax treaties, the absence of withholding tax on interest and royalties (except for abuse situations), the participation exemption and the possibility to conclude so-called advance tax rulings, makes the country a reliable choice as a base for international operations. In addition, expatriates who are temporarily assigned to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax regime, known as the “30% ruling”. That is the reason that the Netherlands is a preferred location to establish European headquarters or sales and distribution activities.
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