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Doing Business in Belgium


  1. Strategic geographic location, home to the EU institutions and NATO and numerous headquarters of multinational corporations
  2. Access to the European market: 500 million European Consumers at your fingertips
  3. Open economy, proximity to varying markets and cultures, dynamic test market
  4. Quality human capital and linguistic diversity
  5. Strong logistical gateway, through international rail, air, or shipping infrastructure
  6. Existence of formidable knowledge and creativity-based centers of excellence
  7. Intelligent, competitive tax regime
  8. Attractive and affordable real estate prices
  9. Legal protection
  10. Quality of life 

International Rankings

In global comparisons, Belgium performs exceptionally well in terms of productivity and the openness of its economy. 

Ranking   Source
3 Logistics Performance Index (2018) The World Bank
4 Productive Country (2018) The Conference Board
4 Globalization Index  (2012) EY
4 Global Connectedness Index (2018) DHL
10 Enabling Trade Index (2016) World Economic Forum  and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
11 World Talent Ranking (2018) International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
13 Global Connectivity Index (2015) Huawei
15 Attractive for Venture Capital (2014) IESE Business School
17 Global Entrepreneurship Index (2018) Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute
17 Business Environment (2014) Economist Intelligence Unit
17 International Business Compass (2018) BDO, Hamburg Institute of International Economics
18 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (2015-16) INSEAD, Adecco Group, Human Capital Leadership Institute
18 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (2019) A.T. Kearney
20 Global Index of Economic Openness (2019) Legatum Institute
21 Competitive Economy (2018) World Economic Forum
23 Global Innovation Index (2019) Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization
25 World Digital Competitiveness (2019) International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
27 World Competitiveness Yearbook (2019) International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
40 Index of Economic Freedom (2015) The Heritage Foundation
45 Ease of Doing Business (2019) World Bank

investment brochures

The 'Big Four' accounting and consultancy firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC – provide expert information about the business and investment climate in Belgium for potential investors.

Bruxelles / BrusselDeloitte: Starting a Business in Belgium, Taxation and Investment Guide

EY: Attractiveness Surveys

KPMG: Investment in Belgium (2012)

PwC: Doing Business in Belgium


Another good resource for potential investors are the business and investment websites maintained by the Belgian Federal Government. The portal, operated by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, and the Invest in Belgium site, operated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (FPS Economy), both provide useful information about doing business and investing in Belgium. The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency (ABH-ACE) compiles trade-related statistics and maintains an database of Belgian exporters. The ABH-ACE also plays an important role in coordinating between the federal level, which is responsible for international relations, and the regions, which are responsible for foreign trade.


Belgium is a federal state divided into three regions – Brussels-Capital, Flanders and Wallonia – which are responsible for economic matters including the labor market and foreign trade.


Minister-President: Rudi Vervoort

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Minister-President: Geert Bourgeois

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Contact Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT)

Flanders Investment & Trade


Minister-President: Willy Borsus

Walloon Business and Competitiveness Clusters

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Contact the Wallonia Export & Investment Agency (AWEX)