The Netherlands is located in western Europe, on the North Sea, with Germany to its east and Belgium to its west. Amsterdam, the capital, has been a major commercial center for centuries. The city of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe. The Netherlands joined the EU in 1958 as a founding member and has used the euro as its currency since the Euro's introduction in 2002. Its economy is well integrated with the rest of the world and the country is one of the largest exporters in the world. Its leading exports include food and agricultural products, natural gas, chemicals, and steel and metallurgical products. The Netherlands is also known as an excellent place to do business, with high-quality infrastructure, clean and transparent government, and a well-educated workforce.