Expand Business in Netherlands

Global Upside assist you to expand business in the Netherlands by providing talent acquisition, human resources, accounting, payroll, tax, incorporation, and professional employer organization (PEO)/employer of record (EOR) services. Our comprehensive offerings create an end-to-end solution to help you establish your business and optimize your operations, all while maintaining compliance with laws and regulations in the Netherlands.

The hiring and incorporation processes in the Netherlands are often complex, time-consuming, and involve numerous legal and compliance challenges. Global Upside simplifies this process and lifts the compliance burden for your business. Our teams have the experience and expertise required to help you establish a legal entity in the Netherlands. We also offer PEO/EOR solutions to companies interested in hiring employees quickly, without setting up a legal entity in the country.

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Country Overview

The Netherlands, situated in Northwest Europe,  has a population of 17.4 million. It is known for being a developed and industrialized nation and is one of the prominent exporters of agronomy in the world. The Netherlands has a booming and developed economy, which provides a base for an important regional and international commercial existence. Currently, the nation has emerged as a leading financial center, with communications and IT, banking, energy manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals all developing constantly. The Netherlands:

  • Ranks as the 17th largest economy in the world with regards to the GDP
  • Ranks as the 7th largest economy in Europe in reference to the GDP
  • Ranks as the 6th most business-friendly countries in the world
  • Has a highly-skilled workforce

Covid-19 Update

The government announced a shelter-in-place along with encouraging social distancing and restricting non-essential services and traveling. They have also declared work-from-home which is being further assisted by us at Global Upside. We are assisting our clients on how to motivate their employees to keep being productive while working remotely.

Legal Entity Setup

Due to extremely favorable conditions with regards to the legal system, tax environment, and flexibility in business, the process of incorporation in the Netherlands is generally smooth. In conformity with the Dutch law, options for entity set up include:

BV (Besloten Vennootschap) – Private Limited Liability Company

BV (Besloten Vennootschap) – a private limited liability company is a common business structure in the Netherlands in which the company owners assume all liability and risk. The stockholders are responsible for only their own investments. The minimum share capital required to establish a private limited liability company is €18,000.

NV (Naamloze Vennootschap) – Public Limited Company

NV (Naamloze Vennootschap) – a public limited company is a subsidiary of an overseas company that is owned by stockholders. Company stock is traded in the share market. The minimum share capital required is €45,000.

CV (Commanditaire Vennootschap) – Limited Partnership

CV (Commanditaire Vennootschap) – a limited partnership requires a minimum of 2 partners: an active partner and a limited partner. The active partner is responsible for all third parties and individual properties. The limited partner is the financial supporter of the business.

Sole Trader (Eenmanszaak)

A sole trader (Eenmanszaak) is a type of setup in which the owner assumes full liability for the business.

Branch Office

A branch office is easier to establish than a subsidiary. It is not considered a distinct legal entity. The head office is usually accountable for most liabilities.

In most cases, it takes at least three weeks to establish a legal entity in the Netherlands.

Human Resources

Employment law in the Netherlands is structured by the Collective Employment Agreement (CEA), which is a collection of labor laws and obligations. It is a mandatory requirement that the employer provides their staff with a statement that mentions all specific terms in an employment contract.

There are two kinds of employment contracts:

  1. Fixed-term contract
  2. Indefinite-term contract

According to Dutch employment law, detailed information is required on:

  • Work location
  • Job description
  • Name and address of both the employer and employee
  • Wage details
  • Overtime and bonus details
  • Holiday and leave entitlements
  • Other benefits and pension
  • Termination policy­

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The payroll frequency in the Netherlands is once a month, usually at the end of the month. Employers must also provide payslips that detail the complete salary breakdown.


All local and international public businesses in the Netherlands must comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These accounting regulations are comprised of  International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as implemented by the EU.


Corporate Tax

The tax rate on income higher than €200,000 is 25%. The income tax rate on earnings up to €200,000 has been decreased from 19% to 16.5%.


The common VAT rate is 21%. A reduced rate of 9% is placed on certain items such as food and medical devices.

Data Privacy/ GDPR

The Dutch Data Protection Act (Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens, Wbp) has been replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also known as Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG). According to the European GDPR, the guidelines concerning to the automated processing of personal details have been restricted.

Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption Law

As per the Dutch Criminal Code, DCC, there are two forms of bribery – active bribery and passive bribery. The former refers to the bribing of a public official and the latter deals with the officials being bribed. Article 177 DCC describes the penalty for active bribery, while Article 363 goes outlines the penalty for passive bribery.

Bribery of public officials

For individuals:

  • Imprisonment of at least 6 years
  • Fine of €82,000
  • Prohibition from their work for a certain period of time
  • The relevant items of bribery will be seized

For a legal entity:

  • Seizure of all items of bribery
  • Fine of 10% of yearly business

Bribery of private individuals

For individuals:

  • Imprisonment of at least 4 years
  • Fine of €82,000
  • Prohibition from their work for a certain period of time
  • The relevant items of bribery will be seized
  • Issuing a verdict

For a legal entity:

  • Seizure of all items of bribery
  • Fine of 10% of yearly business revenue
  • Issuing a verdict