Belgium

A small country with a population of only around 11 million, Belgium punches above its weight on the international stage. Its capital city, Brussels, is the location of the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council, as well as the NATO headquarters and one of the seats of the European Parliament. Read more

Belgium is member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is notable for its highly productive workforce and high gross national product (GNP).

The services sector is the biggest contributor to Belgium’s economy, with the great majority of the country’s workforce employed in private or public services. Manufacturing and construction are the next-largest employers. Though coal mining was a major industry in the last century, it employs only a tiny percentage of Belgium’s workforce today. 

High exports per capita are a key characteristic of the Belgian economy. Major exports include machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, machinery, plastics, food products, textile products, and metal and metal products.

One of Belgium’s leading multinationals is insurance company Ageas, headquartered in Brussels. The US is the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Belgium, and US companies, including Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Ford, McDonald’s and ManpowerGroup, are among the country’s biggest employers.

This section features the latest news, articles, tools and resources to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from specialists across the global mobility and relocation industry and the latest perspectives from regional conferences, we analyse key trends influencing Belgium’s relocation and global mobility scene. 

We investigate the latest trends in inbound, outbound and domestic relocation – from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to immigration and talent management – as well as the full range of employee and family support topics, including residential property, serviced apartments, and education and international schools.

HR and global managers with international assignees will find practical advice and information. There’s also plenty of support for those setting up a business or a company office in Belgium. 

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across Europe.

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News and features

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The rise of global student mobility

In recent years, the number of students enrolled in universities and higher-education institutions outside their countries of citizenship has risen dramatically. Gaining international experience has become a top priority for school-leavers. We explore this growing global trend, and look at the ramifications of Brexit.

Immigration

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Prime property prices rising globally

Prime real estate markets in cities across the globe are on course to see price rises over the course of this year, according to international estate agents Astons.
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Will the Digital Green Certificate be a way out to current travel restrictions within the EU?

In the past couple of weeks, several European Member States launched an initiative for the introduction of a vaccination passport/certificate with the aim of making cross-border travel within the EU possible again without the need for testing and quarantine.
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The benefits of a bilingual education for children and opportunities for life

Discover the huge advantages of a bilingual or multilingual education for children of all ages to help parents make important school choices.

Short-and-long-term accommodation

BBF keeps up with the fast-paced relocation market at EuRA

BBF keeps up with the fast-paced relocation market at EuRA

Belgian serviced apartment provider BBF explains how networking at the EuRA International Relocation Congress enhances its understanding of the relocation sector and the service it offers to clients.
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BBF expands with 20 exclusive properties in Brussels

The team at serviced apartments provider BBF discuss the addition of another 20 units to their collection in the heart of the Belgian capital.

Two new properties for BBF

The district around the Water View Residence, Brussels, is buzzing with vitality and the area is undergoing a trendy facelift.
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