Register a Company in the Netherlands


Based in the Netherlands, we specialise in providing corporate services to all types of companies from start-ups to large corporate entities. Our services offer provides 360˚ support, from the initial set up and formation of the business through to a range of services that have been developed to ensure that, once operational, you have all the support you need to succeed including on-going management and administrative solutions.

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Why Start a Business in the Netherlands?

As one of the largest economies in the European Union, The Netherlands is a popular jurisdiction for company registration. With a world-class reputation for it's financial services sector and renowned for a banking system of distinction The Netherlands embraces international business and investment.

In fact, the Netherlands is an ideal corporate structure for business operations, with the advantages of a beneficial tax system. The Corporate income tax rate for companies, for example, starts from 15% (15% for the first €245,000 and 25% for profits over €245,000 – 2021).

The country is also well connected with over 100 double taxation treaties in place, throughout the world. In addition, the Dutch Tax system also has a participation exemption regime allowing for the exemption of tax, in certain situations, on dividends and capital gains on foreign subsidiaries, making it not only, an ideal location for starting a business, but also for established businesses who are looking to extend their operations through set up of a holding company or by branch establishment.

Add to this, a highly skilled and professional workforce where English is a national language, low unemployment rates and it all comes together to form an extremely beneficial business environment.

Company incorporation in the Netherlands can be a quick process taking as little as 2 days, provided that you have the right support. As Company Formation agents, we will assist you through the whole process. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your business requirements.


What companies can be registered in the Netherlands?

The most common legal frameworks for setting up a company in the Netherlands are a Private Limited Company (B.V) and a Public Limited Company (N.V). Other types of business set ups include the below:

  • sole proprietor (eenmanszaak)
  • commercial partnership (vof);
  • limited partnership (cv);
  • foundation (stichting);
  • association with notarial deed;
  • public partnership (openbare maatschap);
  • cooperative and mutual insurance society.


  • Netherlands Company Formation FAQs



    How long does it take to register a company in the Netherlands?

    We can open a Dutch company within 48 hours from receiving the relevant documents. The documents in question would need to include all due diligence documents and share capital funds/fees. Once the incorporation is complete, the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Commercial Register (Handelsregister) will publish a Certificate of Incorporation.



    Do I need a Registered Office?

    To register your company in the Dutch Commercial Register, you need to have a Dutch address. This can be your own address or a so-called zakenadres. Papilio Services can provide you with a registered office if required or help arrange for the lease of suitable office space per the company’s requirements.


    Should a Dutch Company appoint a director who is a resident in the Netherlands?

    It is preferable to have a Director who is a resident in the Netherlands, and this can be as a sole director or a joint directorship. As well as assisting with the management and control of the organisation, an experienced local director, who is based in the Netherlands, will have established contacts within the government authorities such as the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.



    What is the Company Tax rate in the Netherlands?

    The Netherlands Corporate income tax rate for companies is set at 15% (15% for the first €245,000 and 25% for profits over €245,000 – 2021).


    Papilio Services – Netherlands Company Formation Agents

    As a licensed company formation agent, we can help you with company registration and incorporation as well as support the company by offering all the services to make the business compliant such as bookkeeping, VAT returns, and audit coordination.


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