The Netherlands benefits from its location and is an active trade partner with Germany and the UK. It is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe and gains foreign exchange through tourism.
Holland’s economy is noted for its stable industry, low unemployment rate and inflation, an impressive current account surplus and as a transit point for most European transportation.
Holland, due to its stability, has been able to attract a lot of FDI as well. In 2009, the total FDI amount stood at $661 billion, higher than the 2008 level of $644.6 billion. The country ranked seventh in the world in terms of FDI volume. The Netherlands, with a rather prosperous economy, is one of the biggest investors in the USA as well. Its FDI abroad amounted to $866.1 billion in 2009, an increase from the 2008 level of $843.7 billions.
Being an economy that is highly dependant on trade, recession brought some tough times for the Dutch economy and the GDP fell from $681.6 billions (2008) to $652.3 billions (2009).
The growth rate suffered as well and the figures were: