The population of Antwerp is on the rise: in recent years, plenty of young families have been flocking to the inner city, boosting new urban developments all over town. And they know exactly why they’re doing it: Antwerp is the region’s cultural capital, with the Sportpaleis proudly sitting in fourteenth place worldwide on the list of best selling arena venues. Nightlife is vibrant too, with plenty of theatres, more restaurants and bars than you can ever visit in your life and some stunningly brilliant museums.
On top of all this, Antwerp is a great place to raise children. Teachers and schools rank among the best in Europe and local sport clubs are open to everyone. And with every passing month, several kilometers of bike lane are added to the already bike-friendly inner streets of the city. Buying or renting a place in Antwerp is also cheaper than in most European cities.
The atmosphere in Antwerp is one of enjoyment and relaxation, which attracts visitors of all ages who are quite prepared to spend their money on gourmet dining, shopping, an afternoon or a weekend of culture and fun. The quality of life is high, and this is evident to every visitor.
Throughout Belgium, the GDP per capita – and hence purchasing power – is 19% higher than the average in Europe. In the Province of Antwerp, the GDP is 38% higher, and even 45% in the District of Antwerp. And shoppers choose Antwerp as their favourite place to spend their income.(CBRE, Belgium Retail Survey)
The major international companies in and around Antwerp also attract a steady stream of international workers. Moneyed expats love all the comforts that the city offers. They also feel at home in Antwerp.
"Antwerp is a vibrant place to live and work. Its dynamic business community makes the city a true metropolis with international charisma."
(Bernard Van Milders, Chairman VOKA – Chamber of Commerce & Industry Antwerp Waasland & Vice Chairman Antwerp Headquarters)
"Antwerp offers everything an international city should have — it is a great place where tradition and innovation go hand in hand."
Kentaro MORIKAWA, Secretary General Nippon Shokubai Europe nv