The Dutch are always on the move for their work as well as in their leisure time. That is why the Netherlands is always looking at new technologies to solve challenges in the area of transport, the environment and safety.

Think about developing self-driving vehicles or to improve in-car traffic information for drivers. This will reduce congestion and CO2 emissions, and improve road safety. Data is vitally important in this, so a lot of work is being done to improve data transmission and data quality. The Netherlands wants to take the lead in new initiatives like the Internet of Things, smart cities and connectivity.

The Netherlands is a unique testing ground for Smart Mobility solutions. That’s why the government is supporting their development in many ways, from providing testing facilities to adjusting rules and regulations. The aim is to make Smart Mobility possible on a larger scale. In the Netherlands, businesses, knowledge institutions and government are working on this together.

Facts & Figures

  • Official name: Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Form of government: Parliamentary democracy (cabinet of Prime Minister and
    Ministers) within a constitutional monarchy
  • Head of State: His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, Prince of
  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Seat of government: The Hague
  • Administrative structure: The kingdom consists of four entities: The Netherlands and three
    territories in the Caribbean: Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten.
  • Number of provinces: 12. Special municipalities: The overseas islands of Bonaire, Saba and
    St. Eustatius, all three of which are in the Caribbean.
  • Surface area: 33.893 km² land / 7.650 km² water
  • Location: Western Europe – by the North Sea: bordering Belgium and Germany
  • Number of inhabitants: 17,861,351 (2023) – per km²: 523 (2023)
  • Monetary Unit: Euro (€)
  • Languages: Dutch and Frisian (On the overseas islands also English and Papiaments)
  • GDP per capita: 57,025 US dollars (World Bank, 2022)
  • Unemployment rate: 3.5% (CBS, 2023)
  • 90% of all Dutch people speak English
  • 26% of the country is below sea level

How do the Dutch make a difference?

Through their interactive approach to finding innovative solutions to today’s significant challenges. The Dutch way of thinking and working has been shaped by centuries of living in the low-lying delta of the Netherlands. Through the ages, the Dutch have joined forces to find ingenious ways to tackle challenges like water, urbanization, energy, food, health, and security. The Dutch have created a flourishing and resilient land by being inventive, pragmatic, and open to new challenges. The Netherlands is a constantly evolving ecosystem of cities, industry, agriculture, and nature, all integrated through intelligent infrastructure. It is a source of knowledge and experience that the Dutch are keen to share with others. They are learning from the past to create a better future and seek sustainable solutions for the most liveable world together.

Worldwide ranking

  • 1st in WEF’s ranking of most competitive economies in Europe.
  • 1st in production and auctioning of cut flowers and flower bulbs
  • 1st World’s largest flower exporter
  • 1st in English skills in Europe and Worldwide (EFEPI 2021)
  • 2nd Largest exporter of agricultural products in the world (WTO, 2023)
  • 4th in EU Innovation Scoreboard (2022)
  • 5th in IMD World Competitiveness (2023)
  • 5th Greatest place to live (World Happiness Report, 2022)
  • 7th best on the Global Innovation Index (GII, 2023)
  • 7th Largest exporter of goods in the world (CIA World Factbook, 2021)
  • 7th Largest foreign investor in the world (1,256 billion US dollars)
  • 7th Largest recipient of foreign investment in the world (801 billion US dollars)