The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

Foreign Investment in the Netherlands creates 9,300 Jobs in 2015

Most jobs created at new headquarters, production facilities and distribution centers

More than 300 foreign companies like Tesla and easyJet jointly invested € 1.87 billion in the Netherlands last year. Together these companies created an additional 9,300 jobs. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) and its regional partners assisted in the attraction of these investment projects. In the past year they joined forces under the Invest in Holland label. As an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the NFIA is responsible for the realization of 7,779 jobs. Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp noted: ‘In 2015, foreign companies added thousands of new jobs in the Netherlands. This confirms once again that our country offers an attractive location for foreign investors. The Dutch are highly educated, we have an excellent infrastructure and our digital highways are among the top in the world. These investments are important, they boost our economy and create jobs for a lot of people. That’s why it’s a good thing that the NFIA has strengthened ties with its regional partners and will continue to devote itself to attracting new Dutch jobs in years to come.’ NFIA’s work also comes within the Minister Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation’s area of responsibility. Minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘Thanks to the NFIA, jobs are added in the Netherlands. Companies from the US and Canada gladly establish themselves in our country and we will continue to encourage that. For example, this year we will try to attract even more Canadian companies via the Dutch Consulate in Toronto. However, upcoming markets remain of interest as well: more than a quarter of projects in 2015 came from China, India, Turkey and Brazil.’ Most jobs are created at new headquarters (2,500), production facilities (1,200) and distribution centers (1,190). Examples of foreign investment projects are the American fashion brand Michael Kors, which is building a large distribution center in Venlo, and the American fashion chain Forever 21, which decided to expand its European distribution capacity in Bergen op Zoom. Moreover, ExxonMobil will construct a hydrocracker in Rotterdam and Tesla expanded in the Netherlands with a new factory for electric cars in Tilburg. As for other parts of the world, Indian pharma and biotechnology company Cipla opened a laboratory in Bilthoven, and the British easyJet opened a new hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Invest in Holland network promotes the Netherlands abroad as an attractive country to invest and set up business, and helps interested foreign companies establishing or expanding their international activities in the Netherlands. The network started early in 2015 and will focus mainly on projects in key sectors like Chemicals, Agrifood, High Tech Systems, Life Sciences & Health and IT. For more information and a full report on the NFIA's 2015 results, see:

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1 #Design4Change, Design For Women’s Rights

#Design4Change. That was the headline of an event held at the Dutch Ambassador’s Residence in London on 12 December. Over 2,000 people around the world watched via Facebook Live how a room full of members of the British creative community, including students from the London School of Fashion and tech innovators, were inspired by the moving stories of six female speakers:

2 Solicitor sworn in as new Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in East Anglia

Solicitor Andrew D. K. Wood, who is based in Norwich, was sworn in on 7 December by Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for East Anglia, with responsibility for the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

3 Visit Dutch minister of Finance, and President of the Euro-group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Our Ambassador Simon Smits welcomed Dutch minister of Finance, and President of the Euro-group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, this week in London.

4 Visit Guernsey by Ambassador Smits

Ambassador Smits left our shores this week for his first official visit to the Channel Islands.

5 Naturalisation ceremony

“I swear that I will respect the constitutional order of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, its freedoms and rights, and I swear that I will faithfully fulfil my duties as a Dutch citizen.”

6 Housing Minister Blok visits London

7 Remembrance Ceremony on 11 November

The Remembrance Ceremony of the ‘Bond van Wapenbroeders’ (Brothers in Arms of Dutch Veterans ) will be held at the Netherlands’ Field of Honour at Mill Hill Cemetery in North London, NW7 2RR on Friday 11 November 2016 at 3pm.

8 Response Dutch PM Rutte on first results criminal investigation MH17

This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.

9 Former Dutch sailor sworn in as new Honorary Consul for the Netherlands in Birmingham

Dutchman Bert Thijssen, who lives in Worcester, was yesterday sworn in by Dutch Ambassador to the UK Simon Smits as the new Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Birmingham and the West Midlands.

10 UK-Dutch initiative awards Hoxton schoolkids greenhouse to grow own fruit and veg

Children at Hoxton Garden Primary School in London were today awarded a brand-new greenhouse in a British-Dutch joint initiative to encourage children in the UK to eat more healthily.