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Kickstarter in the Netherlands!

We're happy to announce that creators based in the Netherlands can launch their projects right now!

We’re thrilled that Kickstarter is now available to creators in the Netherlands. We've been waiting a long time for this day to come, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our friends there will launch — films, art, games, albums, plays, performances, and much more. 

Since we announced that people based in the Netherlands could begin building projects, more than 1,109 (!!) people have started making one. Many have already launched! You can see all projects based in the Netherlands here.

Projects in the Netherlands function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works.

Will there be a Netherlands-specific Kickstarter site? 

Nope. Netherlands-based projects will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects.

Can people outside the Netherlands pledge to Netherlands-based projects? 

Yes! As with all other projects on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to Netherlands-based projects no matter where they are.

What currency will projects from the Netherlands be listed in? 

All Netherlands-based projects will be listed in euros.

Will backing projects based in the Netherlands be similar to backing US projects?

The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for all projects. When pledging, however, backers of Netherlands-based projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter, rather than through Amazon Payments, as backers of US projects do. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor.

Are the fees for Netherlands-based projects the same as those for other projects? 

Yes, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in the Netherlands. Payment processing fees for Netherlands-based projects are similar to those for UK projects. The processing fees are:

  • Pledges less than €10 are charged 5% + €0.05 
  • Pledges of €10 or greater are charged 3% + €0.20 

If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees.

What are the requirements for launching a project as a creator in the Netherlands? 

You need to meet these requirements:

  • You are 18 years of age or older. 
  • You are a permanent resident of the Netherlands, and either creating a project in your own name or on behalf of a legal entity with a KvK number. 
  • You have a Dutch address, Dutch bank account, and government-issued ID (driver's license or passport). 
  • You have a major credit or debit card. 

Can my project page be in Dutch? 

Yes, do what works best for your project! However, so that we can best serve our community, we ask that all projects also include an English version of the description, rewards, and other elements. If your project page has videos in Dutch, please include English subtitles or a transcript.

What payment methods are accepted? 

Pledges can be made with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card.

What about VAT? 

We are required to charge and report Value-Added Tax on our service fees (but not on the total amount of funds you raise). If you are a Dutch creator who launches a project as an individual or a legal entity without an active VAT number, we will apply VAT at the UK standard rate of 20%. No funds will be withheld from Dutch creators who launch their projects as a legal entity with an active VAT number, but the amount of our fees will be disclosed to tax authorities. Please keep in mind that Kickstarter cannot offer tax advice. Any additional questions about taxes should be handled by a tax or financial advisor.

Where can I find out more about launching Kickstarter projects in the Netherlands?

In the weeks leading up to launch, we hosted a handful of interactive sessions for project creators. You can watch recordings of them here. Enjoy!

Comments

    1. Creator Stefmanovic on April 29, 2014

      Since you guys are doing this whole thing in the Netherlands as well, will you also be adding the option for people to pay through iDeal or PayPal? It's a bit trickier to get a credit card in Holland than it is to get one in the US. Just saying...

    2. Creator How do Ying do on April 29, 2014

      i agree.payoptions iDeal or Paypal are mainstream in the Netherlands. But Im sure Kickstarter have looked or are looking at these options.

    3. Creator Kenneth Brøgger-Luplau on April 29, 2014

      What about Denmark? Are we in pipeline? :-)

    4. Creator Michael S. Goyack on April 29, 2014

      When it will available worldwide?

    5. Creator Maki Chronik on April 29, 2014

      And it's getting weird... Support for the Netherlands? Where is Germany? France? Spain? Italy? Other BIG European countries? Especially Germany would have many projects, I think (German companies already do big KS projects... Why aren't individuals allowed to?)

    6. Creator Stefmanovic on April 29, 2014

      Hmm, is this becoming a nationalistic pissing contest of "oh, my country is better than yours"? :P

    7. Creator Maki Chronik on May 1, 2014

      Says the one whose country got their Kickstarter allowance a few days ago... Just... nevermind...

      And to all other European countries: Hopefully, we get the allowance to make KS projects in near future, too. I just don't understand why they don't open up for Europe as a whole at once

    8. Creator Stijn Hommes on May 3, 2014

      Great! You can't list Dutch projects in dollars, even if you have to use those to pay your suppliers, and you're charged VAT on top of that to ensure whatever you're offering becomes completely unaffordable after shipping is added. Thanks Kickstarter!

      We're living in the 21 century. Start thinking globally and act like it instead of starting all those country-specific subsites!

    9. Creator Stefmanovic on May 3, 2014

      @Michael: it seems I've failed at my attempt at sarcasm. My apologies if I've offended you.

      @Stijn: So very true!

    10. Creator Maki Chronik on May 14, 2014

      @Stefmanovic: Yeah, you forgot to hold up your sarcasm sign ^^
      No problem, it seems that I misunderstood your intention

    11. Creator Teresa Coutinho on July 24, 2014

      I am based in Portugal and I've had a project I want to launch for the past 12 months. Kickstarter says that I need to be based in the US, UK, Canada, etc. Can someone from Kickstarter please tell me how I see on my Kickstarter homepage projects based in Spain? This is an example below:

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1499179140/ikkut-40-multitouch-podium