Criminals launder €13bn a year in the Netherlands, most crime cash is Dutch

The laundered money accounts for some 1.6% of Dutch GDP
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

money launderingAt least €13bn is laundered through the Netherlands on an annual basis, with most of the money coming from Dutch criminal enterprises, according to new research quoted in the Financieele Dagblad. Utrecht University professor Brigitte Unger estimates that half the €16bn generated by crime in the Netherlands is laundered through Dutch institutions, with the rest – some €5bn – coming from abroad. The Netherlands is not as popular a place to launder money as some claim. For example, some €340bn a year is laundered through Britain and the US, the paper said. This represents some 40% of the total amount estimated to be laundered via the 36 OECD countries. (See also: How the Netherlands built one of the world’s worst tax havens)