The Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of four countries: the Netherlands in Western Europe and three Caribbean islands (Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten).
The Netherlands is a modern industrialized country; a founding member of NATO, the OECD and the European Union. Their political environment is stable and transparent, creating a very favorable investment and business environment.
Due to its strategic location and long history of trade, international trade is one of the most important contributors to the Dutch economy.
The Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy with a wide range of welfare systems that provide Dutch citizens with quality health care, education and other social benefits. Personal income levels are usually higher, as well as living standards.
Introduction to the Netherlands
The main industrial products are electrical machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum, metal and engineering products, microelectronics, and raw materials for the construction and agricultural industries.
Due to its strategic location and long history of trade, international trade is one of the most important contributors to the Dutch economy, with trade values generally accounting for 60-80% of GDP. In 2016, exports totaled $495.4 billion. The most important export products are chemicals, machinery and transportation equipment, fossil fuels, food and livestock, and finished goods. The country's most important export partners are other EU countries, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
The Netherlands is a prime location, both a source of goods and a destination for US exports.