About NL Digital

The Netherlands has everything it needs to take advantage of new opportunities, including a well-educated workforce that embraces technology quickly. Effective cooperation between businesses, the scientific community and the government leads to the emergence of new ideas. This comes together in NL Digital.

The website showcases existing digitalisation initiatives and describes how the Netherlands is giving the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy momentum.

Dutch Digitalisation Strategy

The effects of digitalisation are felt by everyone, but it’s also a process to which everyone can contribute. Every sector is having to deal with digitalisation, including:

  • education
  • healthcare
  • industry
  • agriculture
  • trade
  • government

Across all sectors, the digitalisation process raises similar questions. The solutions they require are often the same as well:

  • well-trained IT professionals
  • secure, high-speed internet access
  • legislation that is ready for the digital age
  • privacy protection
  • knowledge from businesses and the scientific community to drive innovation

The Netherlands’ digital transformation can only succeed through cooperation. For that reason, the government launched the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy in June 2018. This represents the first government-wide effort to formulate ambitions and targets in the area of digitalisation.

Update of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy

In July 2019 the State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Minister of Justice and Security, and the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations presented an update of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy. By updating the strategy, the government aims to maintain the Netherlands’ position in Europe’s digital vanguard.

The Dutch Digitalisation Strategy 2021

Due to the coronavirus and because 2021 is an election year, this is a special edition of the Dutch Digitalisation Strategy (DDS). The new government will commit itself to the digital transition with new energy. In addition, the House of Representatives aims to take on an even more active role in this process by setting up a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Digital Affairs.

Dutch Digital Conference

Every year the Dutch Digital Conference will be held in spring. The first conference took place in Hilversum in March 2019, the second in Groningen in March 2021. Representatives from different backgrounds exchanged knowledge and agreed to join forces to manage the rapid technological developments that are rapidly transforming Dutch society and the economy. The representatives came from:

  • the scientific community
  • the world of work
  • civil society organisations
  • government

Read more about the Dutch Digital Conference.

Digitalisation agenda for primary and secondary education

These days, a world of information is within easy reach of any classroom. Answers that in the past would have taken hours to find are only a mouse click, swipe or voice command away.

Digitalisation has radically changed how we access information. And in the coming years, it will continue to change teaching and learning.

While digitalisation can improve education, it also requires the education field to invest in developing pupils’ and teachers’ digital literacy.

The Digitalisation agenda for primary and secundary education marks the start of a new discussion about education and digitalisation. Everyone’s contribution is welcome. The agenda aims to promote effective cooperation between parties within and outside the education field, including private sector parties.

Outlook Digitalisation 2030

The digital transition is unfolding at a high pace. Technological, economic and societal developments are occurring in rapid succession and together give shape to our digital future. Consequently, it is vital for government and society to gain perspective on possible developments, prepare themselves for the future and, where necessary and possible, redirect

In view of this, the government has ordered a study into the most important trends and developments leading up to 2030. Based on eleven trends, Outlook Digitalisation 2030 paints a picture of our digital future. The study thus aims to provide an overview of the main opportunities and risks of digitalisation, but also to bring to light critical uncertainties and