On January 1st there were 2,000,404 businesses in the Netherlands – the first time ever this counter topped 2 million, according to figures from the Dutch chamber of commerce KvK.

The sectors that attracted the most new businesses were construction, health, retail, hospitality, and logistics. The proportion of entrepreneurs who were not born in the Netherlands increased by one percent to 16 percent.

Almost a quarter of entrepreneurs who opened a business last year were not born in the Netherlands. These entrepreneurs largely work in hospitality, logistics and construction. Many migrant-entrepreneurs are active in the provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, and Flevoland.

The average age of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands is around 46 years and has been stable for years. is partly due to the large number of teenagers, up to the age of 18, among new freelancers – self-employed with no employees. In 2015 there were 1,944 such young freelancers. Five years later that number rose to 6,572. Two thirds of entrepreneurs in the Netherlands are men, a proportion that hasn’t changed in recent years. The proportion of women among starting entrepreneurs decreased slightly last year, from 38 percent in 2018 to 37 percent in 2019.

Why will RPS LEGAL make a success of your company incorporation?

RPS LEGAL is a law firm specialized in assisting and advising International Companies and Start Ups with business expansion to The Netherlands and Europe. We are dedicated to making it easier for your businesses to start a company in the Netherlands. We facilitate the whole process setting up a company incorporated under Dutch law.


mr R.P. (Rolf Peter) Rothuizen LL.M.
Specialist in Business Law, Company Law and Tax Optimisation

+31 6 – 50 87 48 38


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