The Netherlands & Belgium

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and the 16 million Dutch people are known as early innovators when it comes to consumer electronics. In the Netherlands people are surrounded by IT.

There is a huge smartphone and tablet penetration. Broadband, fibre and unlimited data plans are common. This is also reflected in Facebook and Twitter statistics: more than 25% of the Dutch are on Facebook, which is one of the highest stats worldwide.

Belgium is a small country with 11 million inhabitants but have three official languages: Flemish, French and German.

Belgium is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organizations such as NATO. The former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy is the first long-term and full-time President of the European Council.

In 2011 Belgium saw more cybercrime than ever before within Belgian companies (44% versus 23% worldwide). Belgians use social media more and more; 4 million people use them with Facebook as the most popular social network site (57% versus 51% worldwide). The most popular professional social network site is LinkedIn.