Facts & Figures

Top rankings in


ecosystem in digital innovation

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favourite retail destination in Belgium

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port in Europe and n°1 for conventional cargo

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diamond trade capital in the world

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1 on 10

business establishments in creative businesses.

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1 on 3 

companies active in cleantech in Flanders is located in Antwerp

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integrated chemical cluster in Europe

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fashion school in Europe

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unique academic testing facility in Europe Vaccinopolis

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The right location for you

165 EUR

average rental price for
office space per m²

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4th place

in the ranking of most
open economies in the world

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large shopping areas in the center of Antwerp

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innovative zones

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best European large city for connectivity

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The right talent is available


citizens of Antwerp have
a tertiary education

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of the citizens claim
to be happy living here

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27 300

Self-Employed persons
in Antwerp

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creative entrepreneurs
in Antwerp

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Supported by an efficient government


of the companies survive
the first 5 years

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4th place

in the ranking of most
open economies in the world

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5th place

in Europe concerning efficiency
of administrative services

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Many possibilities for grants in every phase of your journey

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Key assets

Why invest in Antwerp?

Higher education & research

41% of citizens has a degree in higher education.


Affordable rental prices for industry, offices and living space.

Taxation and legal protection

Business-friendly investment climate.

Labor market

The labor cost in Antwerp is lower than that of many neighbouring hubs.

Rental prices

Affordable rents at a fraction of the cost of Paris, London, Brussels and Berlin.

Subsidies & Financing opportunities

Many incentives to finance your business.

Market size

60% of EU purchasing power within a radius of 500 km.

Innovation Leader

Antwerp is a leader in innovation and R&D.

Quality of Life

92% of people indicate to be happy with life in Antwerp.


Excellent multimodal connections and a world class port.


Both the start and the survival rate of companies is high in Antwerp.

Living costs

Low cost of living compared to neighbours.


The central hub of Europe.


Highest in the region.

Digital connectivity

Frontrunner in IoT and AI