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About Belgium

Located in the heart of Western Europe, Belgium enjoys a key position in the European and international economy. As one of the six founding states of the European Union and home to many international organisations, Belgium has always been a prosperous marketplace, in business with countries from all over the world. Even though Belgium has a fairly recent history (founded in 1830), its colourful past and location at the crossroads of different cultures has shaped the cosmopolitan character it has today. Consisting of three regions (Brussels-Capital, Flanders and Wallonia) and three language groups (Dutch, French and German), Belgium is home to a versatile population with high purchasing power. Although small in size, Belgium has plenty to offer businesses, no matter where they come from in the world. Let’s take a quick look at why Belgium is such a great place to invest. 

Belgium in a snapshot - click on the image to view the presentation:


Good reasons to invest in Belgium - consult the following websites: 


99 reasons why Belgium is uniquely phenomenal


Discover 99 reasons why Belgium is uniquely phenomenal on following website - © FPS Chancellery of the Prime Minister


Belgium at a glance

image"Belgium at a glance" is a digital brochure providing a light overview of what our country is all about. The brochure is richly illustrated with photos, making it highly accessible to anyone who wants to find out more about Belgium.

The brochure is available in: 

© FPS Foreign Affairs

Focus on Belgium

As indicated in the baseline ‘people, stories, facts and figures’, the site Focus on Belgium is meant to highlight our country’s strengths in numerous areas, e.g. our creativity, diversity, new talents and established values, developments and possibilities.

To achieve this, not only the articles – forming the main part of the site – but also a variety of events and well-known Belgians are brought to the visitor’s attention. Besides, all kinds of petty facts about Belgium or about Belgian achievements can be found under the heading  ‘did you know?’. Finally, the website contains statistical information about Belgium, a photo gallery as well as a film section.

The 'Focus on Belgium' website is part of the FPS Foreign Affairs’ strategy to further develop its public diplomacy. It is meant to support our Embassies and Consulates abroad in their promotion of Belgium, as well as to inform the general public on what’s happening in Belgium and what our country has to offer in several respects. On this trilingual website (in Dutch, French and English), new items will be published every week, which can also be shared via social media.

This website is used by the FPS FA for drawing up a 'Focus on Belgium newsletter' our missions abroad can use in their communication.

All institutions, organisations and persons who have news or information that could be suitable for Focus on Belgium, can contribute to the site by sending a text, photographs and/or pictures to focusonbelgium@diplobel.fed.be

Screen shot of website FOCUS ON BELGIUM

How innovative is your country?  - European Innovation Scoreboard 2016

imageThe European Commission has released the 2016 results of the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer.

The main findings are that EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, Sweden is once again the innovation leader, and Latvia has become the fastest growing innovator. Belgium is the leader in "Innovation networks & collaboration".

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More information... 

Federal level

 Federal Public Service Economy
• Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
• Federal Public Service Finance

Regional level

• Brussels Capital Region: hub.brussels
• Flanders Region: Flanders Investment & Trade
• Wallonia Region: Wallonia Export-Investment Agency

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Federations and industry organisations






Belgium continues to be an attractive location to invest

In light of the recent security events and misrepresentations in some media, the international business community in Belgium feels it is important to state that Belgium remains an attractive place to invest, a safe place to do business and a great place to live.

As representatives of the international business community, which directly employs some 700,000 people in Belgium, it is important to reiterate that statistically, Belgium is one of the safest countries in the world.

The underlying fundamentals which attracted our companies to set up subsidiaries and branches in Belgium have not changed. The more than 1000 companies which our chambers together represent have a long history of over 100 years of successful, sustained business activities in this country, and we feel it is timely to recall Belgium’s unique selling points as an investment destination.

  • The people: Belgium’s workforce is talented, highly skilled, multilingual and diverse.
  • The location: Belgium is ideally situated geographically with a strong transportation and logistics infrastructure providing access to key markets.
  • Innovation: Belgium’s state-of-the-art research universities, clusters and R&D centres – for example, in food & drinks, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, nanotechnology and clean tech – put it at the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Belgium is also a very interesting market to test new ideas and products.
  • Quality of life: Belgium has world-class healthcare and education systems, dining and cultural options.
  • And lastly, Belgium has an open, internationally-oriented and stable economy, anchored by the presence of many international institutions and company headquarters.

All of this combined makes for an ideal environment to conduct business very effectively.

With its modest national character, Belgium seldom boasts about its own successes. Yet, Belgium is quietly progressive and many examples in the dredging, flooring, clinical trials, frozen foods, nuclear medicine and other industries attest to this.

The reality is we enjoy comfortable, safe and professionally stimulating lives in Belgium, day in and day out. We work, our children go to school, we take public transport, we dine in high quality restaurants, we enjoy easy access to a vibrant cultural life, entertainment and nature, and we benefit from a wide range of high standard housing options.

Speaking on behalf of the international business community, we continue to say YES to Belgium and are committed for the long term.

Renaud Bentégeat, President, CCI France Belgique
Agnes Borges, President, BRASCAM - Chamber of Commerce Belgium-Luxembourg-Brazil
Hans-Wolfgang Busch, Director General, German-Belgian-Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce
Marcel Claes, Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
Professor Gilbert Declerck, President, Belgium-Japan Association and Chamber of Commerce
Bert De Graeve, President, Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for Russia & Belarus
Guido de Grefte, President, Nederlandse Kamer van Koophandel voor België en Luxemburg
Bernard Dewit, Chairman, Belgian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary-General, Arab-Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce
Mathieu Maes, Secretary-General, ICC Belgium
Fabio Morvilli, President, Camera di Commercio Belgo-Italiana
Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, President, Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg
JP Tanghe, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce Canada-Belgium-Luxembourg
Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium


International business leaders say #Yes2Belgium - watch the video:

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Source: Yes2Belgium