Ease of Doing Business in


Netherlands Download Profile (1738.6KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 16,936,520
GNI Per Capita (US$) 48,940
City covered Amsterdam



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 28 27 down
76.38 76.33 down
Starting a Business 22 21 down
94.15 94.14 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 87 81 down
69.33 69.32 up
Getting Electricity 45 43 down
81.57 81.57
Registering Property 29 29
80.04 80.03 up
Getting Credit 82 78 down
50.00 50.00
Protecting Minority Investors 70 69 down
56.67 56.67
Paying Taxes 20 21 up
88.07 87.82 up
Trading across Borders 1 1
100.00 100.00
Enforcing Contracts 71 70 down
59.94 59.94
Resolving Insolvency 11 11
84.00 83.77 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Legal form Besloten Vennootschap (BV)
Paid-in minimum capital requirement EUR 0
City Amsterdam
Indicator Netherlands OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 4 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 4 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 4.5 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 4 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 4 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 4.5 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Check the company name for appropriateness and validity

    Agency: Chamber of Commerce

    As of July 2011, the Chamber of Commerce no longer carries out trade names searches. However, parties themselves can carry out a check on trade names online on the Chamber of Commerce website for free.

    1 day no charge

    Draft and sign the company’s deed of incorporation that is executed by a civil law notary

    Agency: Civil Notary

    Notary rates are negotiable and can be billed on the basis of an hourly rate, or a fixed fee. This varies between notaries. The deed can be signed in presence of the notary or by way of a written (private) power of attorney.

    1 day EUR 1,750

    Register the company at the local Chamber of Commerce and obtain a registration number

    Agency: Chamber of Commerce

    The registration at the Chamber of Commerce can be done online or in person. If it is done online, it takes several hours to receive the registration number, and if the documents are filed in person, it takes 1 to 5 working days. Registration at the local Chamber of Commerce is mandatory. Initial and annual fees depend on the number of employees and the authorized share capital of the firm. The initial annual fee for a small firm (fewer than 50 employees and authorized capital of no more than EUR 90,000) is EUR 120.29. The payment of the fee can be done in cash, wire transfer and bank draft. Usually an invoice arrives by mail from the Chamber, and the preferred method of payment is by wire transfer.

    After incorporation of the company, the founders of the company are jointly and severally liable for each legal act performed during their management and which binds the company in the period between execution of the deed of incorporation and the registration at the Chamber of Commerce has been affected. Publication in the Netherlands Official Gazette (Staatscourant) of the first registration and certain subsequent registrations is required and will be made by the Chamber. Companies with more than 50 employees must have a properly constituted workers council. The workers council representatives are entitled to participate in discussions and give advice on important company matters.

    1 day EUR 50

    Register with the local tax authorities and social security authorities

    Agency: Local Tax Authority

    The registration form can be filed in a day but it will take 4 to 6 weeks for the tax office to provide the required tax numbers. For income tax, a separate registration form must be filed, which can also take 4 weeks.

    1 day no charge