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Why Silicon Valley Loves Holland

Why do companies like Apple, Google, Cisco and Oracle do business in the Netherlands? Known as the “Digital Gateway to Europe,” the Netherlands offers an unparalleled IT infrastructure, a tech-savvy, English-speaking workforce and a competitive tax climate. To date, hundreds of companies from the Silicon Valley region invest in Holland.

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Here are five reasons why Silicon Valley companies invest in Holland:

  1. We’re the Digital Gateway to Europe—With a state-of-the-art 100% fiber optic network, the Netherlands is one of the most wired countries in the world, making it an ideal location for tech companies working in gaming, security, information and communications technology, and more. The Netherlands is no island in the ocean, which means companies in Holland have close access to Europe’s 500 million consumers.
  1. We Make Your European Expansion Easy—As Western Europe’s most cost effective place for doing business (KPMG), Holland has a pro-business climate and predictable taxes. Plus, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) provides free, confidential services for companies interested in locating or expanding in Holland. NFIA’s San Francisco office has supported more than 200 Silicon Valley companies with their expansion to Europe.
  1. We Have Top Tech Talent—Companies looking for top tech talent to help drive their international growth will find a steady stream of highly skilled workers in Holland—90% of which are fluent in English, the primary business language of the Netherlands. Home to two of Europe’s leading IT universities, the Netherlands also offers a Highly Skilled Migrant Visa, which allows businesses to bring uniquely qualified international talent to live and work in the Netherlands. 
  1. We’re the World’s High-Tech Startup CapitalTechCrunch called the Netherlands “The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital” for a reason. With Startup Delta, a country-wide network for startups, Startup Visas for international entrepreneurs and even a Special Envoy for startups, entrepreneurs will find plenty of startup resources in the Netherlands. And as TechCrunch points out, “…one of the biggest advantages Amsterdam has in the tech world is that it’s a place where people want to live — and can actually afford to, even on a startup budget.”
  1. Innovation is in our DNA— Ranked No. 5 in the EU on the 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard, the Netherlands lists Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on its resume of innovations. Companies looking to create breakthrough products can work with Holland’s 10+ leading innovation hubs with world-class incubators and R&D facilities.



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