Employer Information : The Netherlands :: Jobsearch.ie

Facts:

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

Economy:
  • 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.
Education:
  • 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.
Labour:

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.

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