PESTLE Insights: Netherlands – Macroeconomic Outlook Report

The province of North Holland, South Holland and Nordbrabant contributed 57.7% to the country’s GDP and comprised 52.6% of country’s population in 2017

According to the OECD economic survey 2018, the government has planned to spend around EUR2.0 bn (US$2.4 bn) for the development of new infrastructure during the period 2018-2021

Financial intermediation, real estate and business activities contributed 29.4%, followed by other services (23.7%), wholesale, retail and hotels (16.1%) and mining, manufacturing and utilities (14.7%) to the gross value added (GVA) in 2018, as per GlobalData estimates. In nominal terms, these sectors are expected to grow by 3.7%, 4.4%, 3.7% and 2.1%, respectively in 2019.


– As per World Bank's logistics performance index (LPI), the country’s rank deteriorated over the last two years from fourth in 2016 to sixth out of 160 countries in 2018

– The overall AEX index exhibits a marginally upward trend over the last one year. As of February 22, 2019 AEX index stood at 540.03, compared to 532.93 on February 20, 2018

Reasons to buy

- Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.

- PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations

- Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.

- This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits

Did you Know?

Country Highlights

Country Snapshot

PESTLE Insights

Political Landscape

Economic Landscape

Social Landscape

Technological Landscape

Legal Landscape

Environmental Landscape


List of Figures

List of Figures

Exhibit 1: The Netherlands’ Performance in the Country Risk Analysis in Comparison to Western Europe and the World

Exhibit 2: Performance Overview (Score: 1-100)

Exhibit 3: Broad Categories and Weights Behind the Index

Exhibit 4: AEX Index (February 2018 to February 2019)

Exhibit 5: Key Sectors Contribution to the Economy (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 6: FDI Stock (2016Q3-2018Q3) and FDI Stock by Sector (2013-2017)

Exhibit 7: FDI by Region and Country (2015-2017)

Exhibit 8: Key Infrastructure Indicators

Exhibit 9: Real GDP and Household Consumption Growth Rate

Exhibit 10: Real GDP Growth Rate Comparison (2018)

Exhibit 11: Export, Import and Trade Balance (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 12: Current Account Balance (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 13: Top Three Commodity Exports, % of Total Exports, 2014-2017

Exhibit 14: Machinery and Mechanical Appliances, % of World Total, 2017

Exhibit 15: Interest Rates (January 2012 to January 2019)

Exhibit 16: Exchange Rate (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 17: Public Finance (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 18: General Government Debt (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 19: Employment/Unemployment (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 20: Average Annual Wages (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 21: Labour Cost Index (2014-2021f)

Exhibit 22: Rural/Urban Share of Total Population (1990, 2000, 2010, 2020)

Exhibit 23: Age-group Wise Share of Total Population (2000, 2010, 2020)

Exhibit 24: Gender-wise Share of Total Population (1990, 2000, 2010, 2020)

Exhibit 25: Internet Users % of Total Population, Mobile Penetration Rate and Broadband Penetration Rate, 2017

Exhibit 26: Number of Patents Granted Per Mn Population, 2018

Exhibit 27: High-technology Exports (% of manufactured exports), 2017

Exhibit 28: Doing Business in The Netherlands 2019

Exhibit 29: Corruption Perception Index (Rankings) 2018

Exhibit 30: CO2 Emissions (2012-2017)


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