The Netherlands

New Documents

The Netherlands highlighted several initiatives in support of its feminist foreign policy in the past year, such as organizing the Ukraine Accountability conference to address sexual violence in conflict and being one of the initiators of European Union sanctions against sexual violence.

The government of the Netherlands announced the European Union’s new package of sanctions against individuals and organizations linked to the Syrian regime which are directed towards the regime’s extensive drug-trafficking operations, oppression of the population, and cooperation with Russia.


Enforcement Actions

De Nederlandsche Bank imposed an administrative fine of €3,325,000 on the Dublin, Ireland-based crypto services company for failing to register with the regulator as required under the Dutch Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act.

The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service and the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based financial institution entered into a settlement that requires the bank to pay €480 million to resolve violations of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act.

Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department classifies the Netherlands as a major money laundering country. The Netherlands is a major trade and financial hub and is  consequently an attractive venue for money laundering linked to criminal activities such as the sale of drugs, fraud, tax evasion, and drug trafficking. These illegal activities largely contribute to the jurisdiction's domestic money laundering activity.  Additionally, there are syndicates linked to organized crime and money laundering which is exacerbated by few border controls within the Schengen Area of the European Union. Additionally, these syndicates increasingly use the internet and virtual currencies to further their illicit activities. Hawala-style underground remittance systems operate as well. Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba are special municipalities of the Netherlands. Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten are countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands provides supervision for the courts and for combating crime and drug trafficking within the Kingdom.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)


FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 10 High : 2
Largely Compliant : 28 Substantial : 5
Partially Compliant : 2 Moderate : 4
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 0


Rank : 101/141
Score : 4.56/10


Rank : 8/179
Score : 82/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 8/133
Score : 67/100