Getting permission to live and work in Flanders is an easier process than you think, especially with the ‘single permit’. This is a combined work and residence permit for long-term expat workers who choose Belgium and Flanders as their home.
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Living abroad in Europe: why Flanders is the perfect match for expats and their families
Located in the middle of the European Economic Area (EEA), Flanders has an excellent transportation network and makes it easy for you to travel within Europe – and beyond. Many expats recognize the benefits of Flanders’ location: in fact, Antwerp – the region’s largest city, is home to over 150 nationalities.
With up to 75% of health care costs reimbursed in Flanders, healthcare isn’t simply excellent – it’s affordable too. Inhabitants of the region can freely choose their doctors and specialists, and medication is simple to obtain.
Education begins at 2.5 years old in Flanders, and it is either free or very low cost. Not only is primary and secondary school of high caliber; Flanders’ universities rank among the best in the world, and the region is home to some of the best and brightest minds in science and technology.
It’s obvious that the people of Flanders love life – and all of the pleasures, experiences and relationships that come with it. They are well-educated, healthy, happy citizens who enjoy the excellent lifestyle of the region.
From Bruges to Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Hasselt and everywhere in between, the cities, towns and villages of Flanders are known for their beauty, charm and vibrant ambiance. But beauty is more than skin-deep: Flanders is also home to excellent universities, world-changing institutions and global enterprises, as well as famous museums, events and works of art.
Meticulously preserved and restored, the cities and towns of Flanders retain their ancient charm while still offering all of the benefits of modern society. Living in Flanders means living right around the corner from delicious food, interesting pastimes and rich culture.
Flanders is an ideal place to live, work, play, raise a family – and it’s completely affordable, too. Some of the most famous cities of the world, including Paris, Oslo, London and Tokyo, don’t even come close to the quality of life enjoyed in Brussels and other cities in Flanders.