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The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Economic growth is projected to remain sound, at around 2%, and broad-based. Private consumption will benefit from fiscal stimulus in 2016 and improving labour market conditions. The strengthening of the housing market and brighter business prospects continue to support investment. Inflation is projected to increase somewhat, but to remain low. The current account surplus will fall further on the back of lower gas exports and firming domestic demand, albeit from a high level.
Public finances are healthy. However, the tax system can be made more efficient, equitable and environmentally-friendly, and efforts for a broad reform should be revived. Further easing the employment protection provided by permanent contracts would reduce labour market duality. Ensuring that the self-employed are sufficiently insured against disability and have adequate pension savings would avoid the risk of future public spending pressures.
Raising productivity, which has been weak since the onset of the crisis, is essential to keep GDP growth on a sustainable and inclusive footing. To this end, more private sector investment in innovation and business capital is needed. Continuing to improve skills, particularly of immigrants and the long-term unemployed, and better matching of skills to jobs would also raise productivity and help to ensure that everyone benefits from higher growth.
Source: OECD - Economic Forecast
Source: IMF Statistics - Netherlands
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Existing conventions and agreements
Non double taxation agreement
In order to promote international economic and financial relations in the interest of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg government negotiates bilateral agreements for the avoidance of double taxation and prevent fiscal evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and on fortune with third countries.
- Convention from 8.5.1968 (Memorial 1969, A, p. 754)
- Effective as of 10.20.1969 (Memorial 1969, A, p.1376)
- Additional Protocol from 16.10.1990 (Memorial 1992, A,p. 1900
- Effective as of 09.27.1992 (Memorial 1992, A, p.2264)
- Protocol amending the Convention and Exchange of letters from 05.29.2009
- Act from 31.03.2010 (Memorial 2010, A, no. 51, p. 830)
- Effective as of 07.01.2010 (Memorial 2010, A, no. 38,p. 510)
Air Services agreement
- Exchange of Notes from 14.4. and 06.23.1948 (Memorial 1951, p. 1186)
- Effective as of 08.24.1951
The Statec Foreign Trade statistics provide information on the trade of goods - by product and by country. This information is collected respectively through the INTRASTAT declaration and on the basis of customs documents.
You can see the statistics on the website of the Statec.
Contact points in Netherlands
Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Netherlands
Economic and Commercial Attaché (AWEX):
Mr Rodrigo DOS SANTOS
Lange Voorhout, 86
NL-2514 EJ Den Haag
Phone: +31 70 365 50 19
Fax: +31 70 361 51 24
Honorary Consul General with jurisdiction in Provinces of North Holland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland:
Mr Paulus W.L. RUSSELL
Nl-1082 AG Amsterdam
Phone: +31 20 301 55 55
Fax: +31 20 301 56 78
Honorary Consul with jurisdiction in the province of Limburg:
Mr Fernand JADOUL
Achter de Comedie 8
NL-6211 GZ Maastricht
Phone: +31 043 3501490
Fax.: +31 043 3218035
Honorary Consul with jurisdiction in the provinces of South Holland, of Zeeland and North Brabant:
Mr Tjeerd Sjouke Magthiel SCHIPPER
NL-3012 AE Rotterdam
Phone: +31 10 401 61 36
Fax: +31 10 401 59 09
Country risk as defined by Office du Ducroire for Netherlands
Ducroire is the only credit insurer covering open account deals in over 200 countries. A rating on a scale from 1 to 7 shows the intensity of the political risk. Category 1 comprises countries with the lowest political risk and category 7 countries with the highest. Macroeconomics experts also assess the repayment climate for all buyers in a country.
Other Useful Links:
- CIA World Factbook on Netherlands
- Doing Business in the Netherlands
- Présentation des Pays-Bas par trésor
- Les Pays-Bas sur le site de l'AWEX
- Das sind die Niederlande
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- 06.06.2016 - 07.06.2016