Antwerp – a Great place to Start…Up! Thinking of starting your own business in Antwerp? Well, why not? Antwerp is a possible location. There are an increasing number of reasons why people who want to develop an innovative business idea, or simply try out a different way of doing things are relocating to Antwerp. Here are just a few of those reasons.
Port of Antwerp
This article is written to help foreigners moving to Antwerp. More in particular, this article is interesting for expats and foreign workers that are moving to Antwerp for a few months, not permanently, and therefor need an apartment with a flexible rental contract.
In terms of volume, the Port of Antwerp is Europe’s second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. However, in terms of area, Antwerp is the biggest port area in the world with a surface of 12,068 hectares, or about 20,000 football fields. 150.000 people work at the port, the majority for the over 900 private companies. The Antwerp Port Authority has 1650 employees.
Antwerp, in the heart of Europe, is one of the fastest growing European cities, outstripping the EU Area itself with 2.7% growth year on year, mostly via the Port of Antwerp, but also from the surrounding areas which are bringing huge amounts of business to the city.
The Port of Antwerp is one of Europe’s biggest trade hubs and is currently the fastest growing in the European Economic Area. For many centuries, the port has been a nerve centre for European trade, so with its rich history and with big ambitions for the future, this post will look at the port and its key role in the European Union.