About Holland Metropole

Megatrends such as urbanization, globalization, demographic change, technology disruption, and cross-border capital flows are changing the cities these days. The cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Eindhoven are working together to ensure a stable, innovative and inclusive for all their inhabitants. For this purpose, the mentioned cities have to grow into a medium-density and multi-centered metropolis, which will be one integrated and independent region.

According to research by Greg Clark, the chairman of The Business of Cities, which is a pioneering research group analyzing cities and their potential, and his group, Holland Metropole is among the 10 most important regional economies in the world. It is because the cities of Holland Metropole are rising up the global benchmarks faster than any other region thanks to the lifestyle, technology adoption, inclusion and connectivity in Amsterdam; growing appeal in Rotterdam; and the existence of the next generation of jobs and talents in The Hague, Utrecht, and Eindhoven. Moreover, other unique properties such as the public transportation system in the Holland Metropole, which is the fastest and most reliable system globally, stands out.

Unique selling points

The unique selling points of the Holland Metropole come from the particularities of each city; Amsterdam has become the gravitational center for finance, creative industries and IT; Utrecht has a young and well-educated population, which singles it out in life sciences, healthy living and gaming; Rotterdam plays a significant role in the economy of the region since it is located next to the port; moreover, it is a pioneer in advanced manufacturing and clean-tech; The Hague is the Netherland’s political capital and home to many international organizations, as well as The Hague Security Delta, which is Europe’s number one cyber security cluster; and Eindhoven hosts a highly-mature eco-system of advanced IT and material science.


The advantages of the Holland Metropole, according to The Business of Cities, are in three significant areas, which are connectivity, innovation, and livability. The Holland Metropole’s airports are growing faster than those of its peers in terms of the number of passengers. Moreover, due to its location next to the sea, it owns a key port and sea hub. Meanwhile, the average traveling time between the cities by public transport is 45 minutes. Above all, the Holland Metropole has excellent digital connectivity, with high internet speeds and broadband penetration rates.

All amazing characteristics of the Holland Metropole have made it an excellent place, where is relatively affordable, has work-life balance, provides high-quality public services and is a stable labor market. These appealing qualities offer predictability for investment in the region.

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Speedy action urged on plan for 25,000 homes plus fast metro

Plans to build 25,000 affordable homes with a crucial fast metro connection on reclaimed land between Holland Metropole partners Gemeente Amsterdam and Gemeente Almere have been unveiled by two parties in the Dutch coalition government (D66 and CDA). As a…

Dutch housing completions hit their 2019 target

The Dutch national housing stock expanded by 81,000 homes last year, according to new government figures, comfortably beating the official target of 75,000 a year. Most new homes – 5,000 – were built in Amsterdam, increasing the number of homes…

Amsterdam, developers agree deal to build 10,000 mid-market homes

Amsterdam city council and a number of leading Dutch developers and investors have signed a deal to build an additional 10,000 mid-market rental homes in the capital within five years. The homes, which will target middle income professionals such as…

Dutch house prices continue to rise, but fewer homes are being built

House prices in the Netherlands rose by almost 7% last year, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS and the Kadaster land registry office. The picture across the Holland Metropole region is very varied, with Utrecht showing the…

Utrecht finalises plans for car-free new city district

Utrecht city council and a number of project developers and investors have finalised their plans for Merwede, a virtually car free neighbourhood on part of 24 hectare former industrial site on the banks of the Merwede canal. Holland Metropole partners…


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Making connections: Holland Metropole keeps on building links

The Holland Metropole region is continuing to excel in terms of connectivity and infrastructure, according to the latest research by The Business of Cities. Air passengers are a first visible sign of how special the region is and the three…

Zuidas is alive and kicking with De Puls

Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district is to get more homes, offices and even a cinema in a new project on a brownfield side between the A10 ring road and the sports centre. De Puls, a development by Holland Metropole partner VORM,…

Expo Real 2019 Programme

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Holland Metropole is succeeding but more can be done: report

The Holland Metropole region is establishing itself as a unique multi-city region with the ingredients to succeed as a major player globally, according to a new report by The Business of Cities group. ‘The fundamentals
of growth, knowledge and infrastructure are…