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- the U.S. invest 24% of its total European investments in the Netherlands and are the largest investor in the Netherlands with an annual investment of $52 billion
- the Netherlands are the third largest investor in the U.S. - after the U.K. and Japan - with a total of $240 billion, having generated 343,000 American jobs
- also, not only did the Dutch finance the voyage of British captain Henry Hudson in 1609, but in the 18th century they also financed the Louisiana purchase and railway investments in the U.S.
So, we are now full circle: time has passed, and the U.S. has developed into the leading economic power in the world, while the Dutch have succeeded in continuing to play an important role as a gateway for investments and business ties with the U.S. As we would say in Holland, something where a small country can show its greatness.
For further reading:
|Henry Hudson in Holland|
|Banking Through the Ages|