The Dutch Cooperative Council has released a list of its top 100 co-operatives.
The list has been released as part of a study into the importance of co-operatives in the Dutch economy called Coöperatie+.
It is called the Dutch Cooperative Top 100 and each co-operative is ranked by turnover for the 2011 or 2010 trading year.
The list includes the name of the cooperative, the economic sector, the number of FTE and the number of members.
The top five co-ops listed are: Achmea, the Rabobank Group, Coöperatie VGZ, Friesland Campina, and the CZ Group.
The 100 co-operatives combined had a turnover of over 108 billion euros, employed 156,000 people and are owned by nearly 24 million members.
The Netherlands is known for its large cooperatives, especially in agriculture and horticulture, banking and insurance, but there are also many starting up in care, energy and education.
The website www.jaarvandecooperatie.nl also shows the European Agribusiness Cooperative Top 100.