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.

Dutch Digital Conference

The second Dutch Digital Conference will be held in Groningen from 16 through 19 March 2020. The first conference took place in Hilversum in March 2019. 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.