Foreign companies are on their way to Holland again

The number of investment projects last year reached its highest level since 2015. This is not only because the end of the pandemic is imminent, but also because of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Many foreign companies now prefer to settle in the Netherlands. This is evidenced by the figures published by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) on Thursday, and where telegraph write about it.

In 2021, the Netherlands selected a total of 423 foreign companies. That’s much more than 305 investment projects in 2020, and also much more than 397 in the record year 2019. According to NFIA, this is the part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) trying to attract foreign companies, partly explained by the delayed projects being resumed. right Now. In 2020, many companies suspended their investment plans due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Nearly 13,400 jobs

The 423 companies that set foot in the Netherlands last year provide nearly 13,400 jobs. The total invested capital is 2.3 billion euros. Much less than €4.3 billion in 2019, but NFIA also notes that the level of investments depends on how capital-intensive projects are and can therefore easily fluctuate from year to year.

The number of European companies was greater than in previous years. The Netherlands owes this primarily to Britain’s exit from the European Union. Last year, 74 companies from the UK chose to cross into the Netherlands. And again this year, many British companies are choosing our country, as NFIA expects, because not all of the Brexit measures have yet been implemented. For example, from July 1, a health certificate is required for agricultural and food products.

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Since the referendum in 2016, 316 companies from the UK have now chosen our country. Together, they absorbed 8,000 jobs and 782 million in investments in the first three years. This amount is still rising.

Most of the foreign companies to be incorporated in the Netherlands in 2021 come from knowledge sectors such as ICT, life sciences and health. “Since 2020, NFIA has focused more on attracting high-quality activities related to innovation, digitalization and sustainability,” Minister Miki Adriansens (EZK) told the newspaper. “I am pleased that we are seeing the first results of this in the annual numbers.”

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Written by: Marinka Wagmans

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