The 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 Rank||Company||Global Rank||City||Revenues($ millions)|
|1||Royal Dutch Shell||1||The Hague||484,489|
|8||Royal Philips Electronics||307||Amsterdam||35,152|
Source: Fortune Global 500, Fortune
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