Employer Information : The Netherlands :: Jobsearch.ie


Population: 16.3 million
Area: 41,526 sq km
Borders: the North Sea, Germany, Belgium
Major Cities: Amsterdam (capital), Rotterdam , the Hague
Offical Language: Dutch and Frisian
Major Religion: Roman Catholic 31%, Protestant 21%, Muslim 4.4%, other 3.6%, unaffiliated 40%
Currency: Euro
Dialing Code: +31
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy

  • The Netherlands has an advanced economy, which combines high income per head with a fairly even income distribution. As exports and imports of goods and services both account for well over 60% of nominal GDP, the life-blood of Dutch prosperity is foreign trade.
  • The Dutch economy one of the most open and outward-looking in the world. The scarcity of natural resources and raw materials has turned it into a processing economy, with the manufacturing sector heavily dependent on imported materials.
  • The economy is noted for stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable current account surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub.
  • Industrial activity is predominantly in food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, and electrical machinery.
  • A highly mechanized agricultural sector employs only 3 % of the labor force but provides large surpluses for the food-processing industry and for exports.
  • The Dutch are a highly educated people. The Netherlands has 13 university-level institutions, including three technical universities and one agricultural university.
  • The level of participation in education is high: of the Netherlands' 16 million inhabitants, nearly 3.5 million attend some form of educational programme. One out of three school-leavers now completes a first university degree.
  • The Netherlands has long-standing experience in technological innovation, including expertise in engineering, coastal defense, hydrodynamics, optimum cultivation, biotechnology, food processing, and agribusiness.

Of the 7.5 million employed workers, 73 percent work in trade and services such as:
  • commercial
  • telecommunications
  • IT
  • legal
  • economic
  • financial services
  • retail trade
  • 21 percent are employed in industry, including manufacturing and mining.
  • Only 3 percent work in agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

Return to HR Centre