Netherlands

HALLO! (Hello!)
TOT ZIENS! (Bye!)
Land area
41,528 km2
Population
16.8 million
Currency
euro [EUR]

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. Some 17 million people live in this Western European country, whose seat of government is in The Hague. The capital city and main centre of culture and economy is Amsterdam. Known for its elaborate canal system, this city serves as headquarters for numerous international companies. Rotterdam is another major city that plays a key role in the Netherlands’ export-oriented national economy, which is very active in international trade. As Europe’s largest port, it is the most important logistical hub for the movement of goods to and from the continent.

The standard of living is high in the Netherlands, even if its purchasing power has declined somewhat in recent years. The market is characterised by a distinctly tight network of local suppliers and is dominated by modern supermarkets whose concepts are continually being improved.

Travel tips

Restaurant tip

Jaimie van Heije

Kerkstraat 56
1191 JE Ouderkerk a/d Amstel

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This restaurant south of Amsterdam impresses guests with its upmarket international cuisine, for which it has been awarded multiple Michelin stars.

This restaurant south of Amsterdam impresses guests with its upmarket international cuisine, for which it has been awarded multiple Michelin stars.

Restaurant tip

Den Boerenstamppot

Schoolstraat 3-5,
4811 WB Breda

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Hotel tip

Hotel Restaurant ‘t Witte Paard

Hengelosestraat 8
7491 BR Delden

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www.witte.paard.nl

Hotel tip

Bastion Hotel Rotterdam-Rhoon

Driemanssteeweg 5
3084 CA Rotterdam

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Etiquette

The business culture of the Netherlands is less formal than in other European countries: for this reason, it is important to act normal and not show off, to avoid using formalities and titles and to address people using their first names. When eating out, each person pays his or her own share of the bill.

Facts & figures

METRO Cash & Carry Netherlands

Market entry
1968
Head Office
Amsterdam
Number of wholesale stores
17
Number of employees
4,080