Fewer Dutch workers at foreign firms

Foreign companies based or with branches in the Netherlands are employing fewer Dutch staff, according to research by the economic affairs ministry. The number of Dutch workers at foreign-owned companies fell by 2.4% to 535,000 last year, the ministry said. In total, 5,380 foreign-owned firms were located in the Netherlands, up 1.4% on 2004.
The figures also include Dutch companies which have been taken over by foreign companies or private investors. For example, Dutch flagship airline KLM now counts as a foreign company since its takeover by Air France in 2005. Some 30% of foreign-owned companies are in US hands, while 19% are owned by Germans.

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