What do the Netherlands export

The Hague - Not Germany, but the Netherlands are the real world exporters. Because the small country on the North Sea edge has always been a major trading nation. In absolute terms, the Netherlands today exports the same amount as the much larger France, namely goods worth around 402 billion euros annually. Converted to the size of the population, however, the export volume of the Netherlands per capita is even more than twice as high as that of the exports of the export champion Germany, measured in absolute numbers.

Here they are, the remarkable figures based on statistics from Eurostat in Luxembourg and the Central Statistical Office of the Netherlands CBS: Germany exported goods worth 968 billion euros last year, generating a trade surplus of 195 billion euros. France's exports totaled 403 billion euros, but left the Grande Nation with a trade deficit of 45 billion euros. Holland, which is small in terms of area and population compared to Germany and France, exports goods worth 402 billion euros in 2007 and generated a trade surplus of around 44 billion euros with this gigantic export volume. "This year the Netherlands will surpass France in terms of exports and then, in absolute numbers, be the second largest export nation in the EU after Germany," writes the CBS in its latest export report.

2007 was a boom year for the Netherlands

"Dutch exports rose by 9% in 2007, growing four times faster than exports from France," the CBS continues. In general, 2007 was a boom year for the Netherlands. Because the gross domestic product, i.e. the sum of all goods and services produced in the Orange State, rose in 2007 by a whopping 3.8%. This year, Dutch GDP is expected to grow by 1.8%, according to forecasts. Germany has 82 million inhabitants.

The Netherlands has 16.5 million people within its narrow borders. The Dutch export volume per capita is around 24,000 euros, which is more than twice as high as the German per capita. Even Italy cannot hold a candle to the Netherlands when it comes to exports. Bella Italia shows an export volume of "only" 359 billion euros in 2007 and thus has a trade balance deficit of 9 billion euros. The UK, which is not part of the euro area, is in some ways a special case. But the British, too, exported the equivalent of 320 billion euros in 2007, far less than the Dutch.

And within the EU, with a trade deficit of the equivalent of 133 billion euros, they have the biggest minus in the statistics, because Great Britain imports far more goods than it exports. On balance, the CBS also notes that the export engine of the Dutch economy, which is running at full speed, contributes around 0.3% to GDP growth every year.

In addition to their world-famous Gouda cheese and tomatoes from the greenhouses, as well as other foods (Unilever), semi-finished and finished products for the processing industry, for example for the German automotive and chemical industries (Akzo Nobel, DSM), are the most important export goods of the Dutch such as gas and oil (Royal Dutch Shell, SBM Offshore, Fugro), electrical and electronic products (Philips, Tom Tom) and the construction and dredging industry (BAM, Boskalis, van Oort, Imtech), which are not just football stadiums in Germany (Schalke 04 ), but also the now world-famous artificial islands off the coast of Dubai, The Palm and The World.

The Netherlands also benefited indirectly from the economic boom in China. Because the port of Rotterdam is still the largest in Europe and many products are made in China & # 8216; & # 8216; come to Europe via Rotterdam, some are further processed in the Netherlands and then exported to other countries. So it is not surprising that the Chinese trading metropolis Shanghai is the sister city of Rotterdam.