Member Profile

Randstad Region

Presentation of the Region

Zuid-Holland, as the leading province in the Vanguard Initiative is one of the 4 provinces of the Randstad region. Zuid-Holland is a densely populated province. More than 3.5 million people live, work and travel in an area of less than 3,000 square kilometres. Zuid-Holland has cities such as the port city of Rotterdam, the government city of The Hague and the university city of Leiden. In addition to cities, towns, villages and infrastructure, Zuid-Holland has rural areas with agriculture and nature, peace and space. The Zuid-Holland economy is in a transition. The Rotterdam port area is changing from a classic port economy into a knowledge-intensive complex, based on technology and IT, green raw materials and smart services. The horticultural sector is becoming sustainable to retain its position as the world's largest fresh produce production and trade centre. The knowledge infrastructure and business services become increasingly important in the developing innovative economic activities. Zuid-Holland has many locations where knowledge-intensive businesses and knowledge workers are concentrated around universities, knowledge institutes or large companies: the ‘knowledge axis’. Knowledge and innovative applications developed here can be used in strong clusters such as the mainport and the greenports. Contact between institutes and multinationals such as Shell, DSM and Unilever promotes the exchange of knowledge, people and resources.

Political Representatives
Jeannette Baljeu

Regional Minister

Brussels Contact Persons
jacqueline spuijbroek

EU representative

Regional Address

Zuid-Holland Plein 1
2596 AW Den Haag

Brussels Office Address

rue de treves 59-61
1060 Brussels

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VI Regional Conference "Connecting innovation strengths across regions: a place-based approach to stronger European

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