Compared with most countries, it takes a relatively short time to start up a business in the Netherlands.
In 2008 38.7 thousand new companies joined the Dutch business community, providing work for some 51.7 thousand people. The number of new companies lagged a little behind the 2007 number.
In 2007, spending on Research & Development in the Netherlands amounted to 9.6 billion euro.
Only a small number of people in the Dutch labour force are engaged in R&D activities. The private sector spent 49 thousand labour years (1.1 percent) on R&D in 2007, thus approximating the European average.
The importance of the high-tech services sector as an employment generator in the Netherlands has grown in recent years, also in comparison to other EU countries.