Netherlands is one of the richest countries in the world as per GDP per capita. It seems that everybody speaks English very well there, so it is quite interesting to investors. Also, it has a great geographical position and developed logistic as a first point for importing in the EU. Importing goods through the Netherlands is also a smart choice due to the fact that import VAT due does not have to be paid in advance, which is a common rule in almost all EU countries. The Netherlands has also a very high standard of life.

In case you are considering the Netherlands as your base for the company in the EU, you should consider the fact that you have to have a trade in the Netherlands in order to obtain VAT. If you can’t prove that, you will not get VAT registration.

Corporate tax VAT
20%-25% 21%

Limited liability company

BV (besloten vennootschap)

Minimum Share capital

No requirement.

Registered office required


Physical office required


Min. number of Shareholders


Min. number of Directors


Local Director required


Other requirements

Social security number needs to be obtained in order to get bank account

Bank signatory must travel

Yes, in most cases

Timescale for company formation

10 days

Timescale for bank account opening

7 day

Timescale for obtaining VAT number

7 days

Statutory audit requirements


Shelf companies available


/ {{currency.regularMarketChangePercent.toFixed(2)}}%