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United Nations: Quality of Life Index

According to the 2003 United Nations Human Development Report, the Netherlands is the fifth-best country in which to live among the 175 countries the report analysed and researched. The report's Human Development Index (HDI) analysed factors beyond per capita income, measuring the countries overall achievements and well-being in terms of life expectancy, educational attainment and adjusted real income. Of the countries that were rated among the best in the world in which to live, only Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Austria received a higher ranking than the Netherlands for offering a superior overall quality of life.

The report was compiled by the United Nations Development Program, the U.N.'s global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life.

Source: United Nations Development Program, July, 2003

AT Kearney: Globalisation Index 2005

The Netherlands ranks fifth in the fifth annual AT Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index. Singapore heads the latest ranking, followed by Ireland, Switzerland and the United States.

The A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Magazine Globalization Index ranks 62 countries representing 85 percent of the world's population, based on 12 variables grouped in four categories: economic integration, personal contact, technological connectivity, and political engagement. The Netherlands ranks 5th, 11th, 8th and 4th resp. in these four categories.

Source: A. T. Kearney/Foreign Policy magazine Globalisation Index 2005

Cato Institute: Economic Freedom Report

The Netherlands is the tenth-best country in the world in terms of overall economic freedom, according to the recently released Economic Freedom of the World: 2003 Annual Report that evaluated 123 nations.

Compiled by The Cato Institute in conjunction with the Fraser Institute of Canada and more than 50 think tanks worldwide, the report analysed the most recent data available to provide a ranking of the nations according to their degree of economic freedom. Using 38 separate variables for each country, the report identifies some of the key ingredients of economic freedom as personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete and the protection of persons and property.

Hong Kong retained the highest rating in the report, closely followed by Singapore, the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Source: The Cato Institute, July 8, 2003

Nielsen//Netratings: Internet Access February 2003


The Netherlands has percentage wise one of the highest number of Internet users. According to the survey of Nielsen//Netratings 73% of the Dutch population of 16 years has currently access to the Internet.

Source: Nielsen//Netratings February 2003 

IMD: Telecom costs comparison 2002


Comparison of International telephone costs between Western-European countries

EIU Global Outlook

In November 2005 the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked the Netherlands the number two country in Europe and number four in the world for its overall business environment over the next five years (2006-2010).












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