Strategically located in Western Europe, Belgium has an open and diverse economy. An important political capital, it’s home to many inter-governmental organisations, NGOs and embassies – and the high percentage of diplomats and civil servants helps to create a globally minded, multilingual workforce.
Belgium’s services sector accounts for almost three quarters of its economy. The country is also a heavyweight in the export industry – its main exports include pharmaceuticals, cars, metals, diamonds, plastics and electronic equipment.
There are few restrictions on bringing capital into the country and a number of tax incentives for investors, making Belgium an attractive place to do business. In The World Bank’s 2017 Ease of Doing Business Survey, it was ranked 42nd out of 190 countries, with particularly high scores for trading across borders and resolving insolvency.