About Noord-Holland

The province of Noord-Holland is 1 of the 12 provinces the Netherlands consists of. From an economic point of view it is arguably the most vital part of the Dutch economy. The province holds a strong international position in various fields.

Home to international business

The traditional open community of the coastal province of Noord-Holland, has always attracted companies and people from all over the world. At the moment the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area alone counts 3,100 international companies and is home to 170 nationalities.

Flourishing economy

The second most densely populated province of the Netherlands can be roughly divided into 2 economic areas: the ‘North’, with a focus on innovative agriculture and horticulture, maritime and offshore, energy, life science, health and water. The ‘South’ is specialised in IT & media, creative industry, logistics, food & flowers and finance.

Paviljoen Welgelegen

Tourist hot spot

To many foreign visitors and inhabitants Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is the touristic highlight of the province of Noord-Holland. Although Amsterdam attracts approximately 6 of the in total 8,4 million annual tourists in this area, Noord-Holland has much more to offer. Here is a list of tourist information services:

King’s Commissioner in the province of Noord-Holland

Arthur van Dijk has been the King’s Commissioner in the province of Noord-Holland since 7 January 2019. Van Dijk chairs the Provincial Council, the 55 people’s representatives in charge of the provincial policies.

Fact & Figures Province of Noord-Holland
Capital Haarlem
Land 2.664,82 km²
Number of municipalities 47 (2019)
Number of houses 1.318.336 (2018)
Number of inhabitants p/ km² 1062 (2018)
Population 2.831.182 (2018)
Amsterdam 848,861 (2017)
Haarlem 159,234 (2017)
Zaanstad 153,759 (2017)
Haarlemmermeer 145,989 (2017)
Gross regional product € 141,784 million (2015)
Amsterdam Metropolitan Area € 125,000 million (2014)
Working population 1.581.060 (2018)
Commercial services 870,320 (2016)
Non-commercial services 434,600 (2016)
Construction services 161,940 (2016)
Agriculture 20,940 (2016)
Number of companies (total) 319.145 (2018)
Amsterdam 134,990 (2016)
Northern area 52,370 (2016)
Southern area 250,310 (2016)
Number of foreign companies 3,100 (2016)
Amsterdam Metropolitan Area 2,300 (2013)
Number of foreign tourists 8,4 million (2016)
Amsterdam 6,0 million (2016)
Twinning relationships Province of Shandong (China)

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