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Semester abroad : Dutch economy / A05

Today the Netherlands is one of the most developed country in the world with a human developement index of 0,915 (0,884 in France). The Dutch population is highly educated that’s why the country decided to adopt a tertiary economy based on services. WIth a GDP of 723 billions euros the Netherlands is ranked as the 18th power in the world. The Dutch economy is increased by the “Randstad area” located between the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. This very dynamic region locates the headquarters of some of the biggest companies on Earth like Shell, KPMG, Unilever, Heineken or KLM. The Netherlands is also very famous for its freight activities mainly with the harbour of Rotterdam.

Semester Abroad : Dutch Economy / A05 The business district of Rotterdam

This year the experts of different financial institutes made some previsions about the GPD growth of the Netherlands, if the calculations are good the country will know an increase of 2,1% of its GPD during the year 2015 (see the report[1] made by the Dutch bank ABN Amro).

Moreover it’s important to precise that the north part of the Netherlands is also a very dynamic area especially with the gaz exploitation near the city of Groningen. This gas field is the biggest one in Europe and provides huge profits to the country, these earnings helped the Dutch economy to face the financial crisis since 2008.

Gaston Samele


  1. ^ report (insights.abnamro.nl)