Netherlands: Business freedom

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 Netherlands

Business freedom index (0-100)

 Latest value 89
 Year 2024
 Measure points
 Data availability 1996 - 2024
 Average 80
 Min - Max 70 - 90
 Source The Heritage Foundation
For that indicator, we provide data for the Netherlands from 1996 to 2024. The average value for the Netherlands during that period was 80 points with a minimum of 70 points in 1998 and a maximum of 90 points in 2014. The latest value from 2024 is 89 points. For comparison, the world average in 2024 based on 175 countries is 62 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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The Business Freedom index for the Netherlands from The Heritage Foundation measures the ability to start, operate, and close a business. It reflects the overall burden of regulations and the efficiency of the government of the Netherlands in the regulatory process.
Definition: The Business freedom index is based on 10 indicators, using data from the World Bank’s Doing Business study: Starting a business-procedures (number), time (days), cost (% of income per capita), and minimum capital (% of income per capita); Obtaining a license—procedures (number), time (days), and cost (% of income per capita); Closing a business—time (years), cost (% of estate), and recovery rate (cents on the dollar).


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Property rights 96 2024 points
 Freedom from corruption 88 2024 points
 Fiscal freedom 88 2024 points
 Business freedom 89 2024 points
 Labor freedom 61 2024 points
 Monetary freedom 71.50 2024 points
 Trade freedom 79 2024 points
 Investment freedom 90 2024 points
 Financial freedom 80 2024 points
 Economic freedom, overall index 77 2024 index points
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