Ambassador Henne Schuwer

Our Dutch ancestors planted the first seeds of the economic ties with the United States on Oct. 11, 1614, by founding the New Netherlands Company.

Throughout the next four centuries, our two nations forged a relationship that has created a web of economic ties strong enough to allow the people of both our nations to flourish.

Our partnership through the centuries has created meaningful jobs, sound investments, and promising opportunities. I’m happy to say that the numbers continue to support the people of our two nations, and are still climbing.

In 2014, the Netherlands remained a strong investor in America, with Dutch companies growing their direct investment in the American economy to $305 billion, an increase of $44 billion from the previous year.

In the same year, American companies increased their investment in the Netherlands to $753 billion, an increase of $36 billion from the previous year. As a result, the Netherlands remains the largest destination country of US foreign direct investment.

Meanwhile, the trade of goods and services between the US and the Netherlands reached $90.35 billion in 2014. All these numbers translate into jobs. We are proud of the fact that our ties supported 740,000 jobs in 2013. That is more than enough jobs to employ every active member of the US Army.

Our economic ties are but another example of what binds our two nations together, building upon our shared values of open mindedness, tolerance, freedom of religion and speech, and entrepreneurship.

Put simply, our relationship works.