The Netherlands (sometimes referred to as “Holland”) offers skilled foreign workers many excellent overseas employment opportunities. This dynamic country is located along the northwestern coast of Europe across from the United Kingdom, west of Germany and north of Belgium and also includes islands in The Caribbean. The Netherlands is famous for being a “low country” (i.e., approximately half of its European territory is at or below sea level) with iconic windmills and impressive dikes, but it is also known for its strong economy and extensive international trade, high standard of living, and pragmatic open society.
The Dutch have also produced many of the world’s great painters (including Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Vincent van Gogh); leading philosophers (e.g., Erasmus and Spinoza); and more recently, some of the most popular DJs on the planet, such as Tijs Michiel Verwest (known commonly in the music industry as “Tiësto”) and Armin van Buuren.
There are over 17 million people living in The Netherlands (2018), with a large percentage of them originating from various parts of the European Union (EU), The Caribbean, Morocco, Turkey and as far away as Indonesia.
Many of the foreign-born residents of The Netherlands have arrived in the country because of the availability of international jobs there, particularly in the BrabantStad area.
The Netherlands was also ranked as the 5th best country overall for expats to live and work abroad in the 2017 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, which also rated The Netherlands #6 for economics, #4 for job security, #9 for work-life balance, and #7 in the world for quality of life.
A survey of 21,000 people around the globe published by US News & World Report in 2017 found that The Netherlands is considered to be the 10th best country to live overall and the #8 country in the world for high quality of life.
These large global surveys are supported by research conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which ranked The Netherlands #1 for work-life balance, #5 for life satisfaction, #6 for jobs, and #8 for income in the 2017 OECD Better Life Index.
Dutch is the official language of The Netherlands, however, large portions of the population also know English, German, French, Spanish and other languages.
The Netherlands boasts one of the world’s largest economies and most-educated workforces, plus it was ranked as the world’s #6 most prosperous country in the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index.
As of January 2018, The Netherlands boasted an unemployment rate of only 4.2 percent, which is one of the lowest in Europe, according to the European Union’s Eurostat agency. Thus, with a growing economy and tight labor market, The Netherlands is a prime place to search for international jobs in Europe.
The capital and largest city of The Netherlands is Amsterdam (population 813,562), which is famous for its many beautiful canals, has the oldest stock exchange in the world and is among the top cities in the world for international business. Amsterdam is also one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with 4.63 million visitors traveling to the city each year. In the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Amsterdam was ranked #12 in the world for quality of life out of 230 cities evaluated around the globe.
Rotterdam is the second largest city (population 619,879) in The Netherlands and has the biggest port in all of Europe. Since it is a major transportation hub and has a strategic location, Rotterdam has been referred to as the Gateway to Europe.
The Hague is the country’s seat of government and is the third largest city (population 510, 909) in The Netherlands. Famous as a global center for international organizations, such as Europol and the International Court of Justice, service-oriented occupations are prevalent in The Hague, particularly those related to politics and international issues.
Some of the other major cities in The Netherlands include Utrecht (population 330,772), Eindhoven (population 221,402) and Tilburg (population 210,289). Several additional cities in the country also have over 100,000 residents each.
Whether you dwell in a vibrant Dutch metropolis or reside in a more rural setting, you will find that The Netherlands is a wonderful place to live and work and has many excellent options available for immigrants.
NOTE: The work visa application process for The Netherlands is a complicated and time-consuming procedure. Therefore, we do not encourage people to apply for a work visa at this time and are not currently assisting with the procedure, although individuals may choose to do so on their own.