Brussels is a city of global importance. It is the political capital of Europe with more than 300 international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, and NATO. Furthermore, it is the world`s seventh most important financial center. Unsurprisingly, one-third of its population of 180 000 are foreigners. The city has recently witnessed the rise of the serviced office industry: now more and more big companies are choosing this form of lease. Shared workspace with break rooms and cozy lounges create a special atmosphere that is perfectly in line with the transformed corporate structure. Employees have a possibility to communicate freely with their colleagues irrespective of their position. The innovative design of shared office space encourages them to network with professionals from other industries. It is a win-win approach that contributes to the popularity of business centers and coworking spaces in Belgium.
Numerous multinational companies have regional headquarters in here. It can boast more than 50 thousand businesses and over 2000 of them are foreign. The city offers good conditions for new entrepreneurs and attracts young professionals from the neighboring regions. For instance, Brussels Economy and Employment (BEE) lends financial support and expert advice to enterprises. In addition, this organization promotes the region among potential investors abroad and facilitates foreign trade. Brussels GDP per capita is twice higher than in the rest of Belgium. Interestingly, the city hosts over a thousand business conferences every year and is fourth most popular conference venue in Europe. Moreover, Europe`s largest agricultural fair – Foire de Libramont – is also held here.
The Port of Brussels is one of the key logistic hubs in Europe. The Port is the home to about 200 companies on the 105 hectares of its territory.
Chocolate and waffles, French fries and mussels, and beer of course – all these things make up the taste of Brussels. It is heaven for foodies who can visit the city`s many markets with delicacies. For instance, the farmers` market at Place Flagey, where one can savor oysters and champagne. The city has a truly unique brewery and bar culture. Even better: in 2018, the Belgian Beer Temple will open.