The Netherlands: A trading nation
Our key sectors
Dutch companies and organizations offer a broad range of products, services and technologies. This page contains a concise brief of the key sectors of the Dutch economy. At the Netherlands Embassies in the Nordics we deal with all these key sectors and we especially focus on the Creative Industries.
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The Dutch creative industries are gaining considerable international acclaim and have particularly strong profiles in interior design, gaming, fashion, and architecture.
Dutch design enjoys worldwide renown thanks to its originality and functionality, blending creativity with innovative technology. Dutch designers are making a mark in everything from furniture and fashion to automobiles and appliances.
The Dutch gaming industry is one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed in the world. The Netherlands also has a very active online gaming market.
The architecture sector in the Netherlands is the fifth-largest in Europe, in terms of both employment and production value. Top architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Ben van Berkel are in strong demand worldwide.
The Dutch fashion industry is making an impression worldwide through brands such as Viktor & Rolf, Marlies Dekkers and G-star, to name a few.
The Netherlands is one of the world's largest exporters of agricultural and food products, thanks to its innovative agrifood technology. The Dutch agrifood sector is a sustainable source of healthy, safe food produced with respect for nature and the environment.
Holland is one of Europe's leading suppliers of chemical products and services. Important raw materials are available or easy to supply while an extensive transportation network provides access to Europe and beyond.
The Netherlands has a strong standing in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency and a leading position in wind energy at sea, biomass processing and greenhouse farming.
High-tech industries in the Netherlands are among the most innovative in the world, thanks to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research and development. Dutch technological know-how and products are much sought-after and exported worldwide.
The Dutch horticultural sector is a global trendsetter supplying markets the world over, as well as being a leading innovator in greenhouse technology.
With strong links between industry and academia, focused clusters, and strong links between research, product and business creation, the Dutch Life Sciences sector competes on a global scale.
Holland plays a key role in the global economy. Its success is based on its sophisticated logistical infrastructure, world-class service providers and strategic location at the heart of Europe.
Over the decades, the Netherlands has developed sustainable systems for the production and supply of water and for the collection, treatment and partial reintroduction of "used" water into the system.