Regional Profile

East Netherlands is located strategically between two key European economies: the Dutch Randstad and the German Ruhr Area.

East Netherlands: provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel

Top-quality business, research and education in Agri-Food, Life Sciences & Health, High Tech Materials and Cleantech & Renewable Energy. The region is driving innovation in interfaces emerging between the four areas.

Regional strengths

Like the rest of the country, East Netherlands has a highly educated, multilingual, internationally oriented workforce blessed with an open mind, an entrepreneurial spirit and a long tradition of working together. The region adds a strong focus, excellent accessibility, pleasant living and relatively low costs to the mix.

International presence

East Netherlands has welcomed dozens of big industry players such as AAP, Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, FrieslandCampina, H.J. Heinz, Kikkoman, Mindray, NXP, Scania, Suzhou Phylion Battery, Synthon and Wärtsilä.


East Netherlands has excellent connections to neighboring regions, to Europe and to the rest of the world. Its highways experience little congestion and high-speed trains provide service to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Paris and London. Five international airports are within easy reach.

Research Centers

The region has leading entrepreneurial academic research centers: Wageningen University & Research (Agri-Food), Radboud University Nijmegen (Life Sciences) and University of Twente (High Tech).