The 12 Largest Dutch Companies by Revenue

Dutch-windmills-with-vibrant-tulipsThe Netherlands is home to few multinational firms today. The world’s first stock exchange was established in Amsterdam in the 17th century and the world’s oldest public company, the Dutch East India company traded there. Holland also became infamous for the Tulip mania and the subsequent crash of tulip prices in the 1600s. Though the country is no longer a colonial power a few world-class companies are still based there.



Twelve companies that appeared in the Fortune Global 500 list in 2012 are listed below :

Country RankCompanyGlobal RankCityRevenues($ millions)
1Royal Dutch Shell1The Hague484,489
2ING Group18Amsterdam150,571
4LyondellBasell Industries185Rotterdam51,035
5Aegon228The Hague44,197
6Royal Ahold243Amsterdam42,090
7Rabobank Group281Utrecht37,577
8Royal Philips Electronics307Amsterdam35,152
10SHV Holdings459Utrecht24,141
11Heineken Holding464Amsterdam23,898
12Randstad Holding489Diemen22,560


Source: Fortune Global 500, Fortune

Among the Dutch companies from  the above list that are traded on the US markets, Aegon(AEG), Heineken NV (HEINY)and LyondellBasell Industries NV (LYB) are worth a look now.

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iShares MSCI Netherlands Investable Market Index (EWN)

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