The Netherlands, Capital Amsterdam

flag_of_the_netherlandsThe Kingdom of The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, lying mainly in Western Europe, but also including three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south with maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany.The largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam.

The official Language in the Netherlands is Dutch, but the English is wildly spoken, many others speak German, French and Spanish. With 17 million people The Netherlands is among the 3 most densely populated nations in the world. The Netherlands is one of the Founders of the EU, WTO, NATO, IAEA, Europol and home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The International Court of Justice and The International Criminal Court (ICC). On the Index of Economic Freedom The Netherlands is the 13th most free market capitalist economy out of 157 surveyed countries.

Although in size The Netherlands is numbered 134, in GDP size The Netherlands is the 10th largest economy in the world, and in Agricultural export, despite its size, the second largest after the United States

The Netherlands is a sea faring, coastal nation with international sea ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe (3 times as the size the next three largest European Ports combined)  The location of Rotterdam gives it prime access to markets in the UK and Germany.

The Netherlands connects producers and consumers worldwide via sophisticated logistics system. The logistic success is based on a combination of cutting-edge infrastructure, world-class service providers, and the coastal location at the heart of Europe.The Port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam but also the Airport Schiphol, a major European air-freight hub, are supported by an extensive network of roads, railways, inland waterways and pipelines which have made the Netherlands the ‘Gateway to Europe. Although only 3% of the EU population lives in the Netherlands, they control 14% of all European road logistics.

Major industries include chemicals, metallurgy, machinery, electrical goods, agriculture, horticulture, logistics, design and tourism.
Among the largest Dutch companies in the world are; Unilever, Heineken, ING, ABN AMRO, Rabobank,DSM, AKZO-Nobel, Shell, KLM, Philips, ASML, TomTom.

When you say water you say The Netherlands, Dutch Water Technology and Maritime sectors are famous worldwide, Fugro, BAM, Boskalis and Royal Haskoning DHV being large players on the world markets.

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