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Amazing lifestyle at a reasonable cost in Flanders

In terms of well-being and quality of life, Belgium – and Flanders as a region – scores well compared to most other countries in the OECD’s Better Life Index. What’s more, cities in Flanders offer this amazing lifestyle at a comparatively low cost.

High quality of living

When it comes to quality of living, Brussels ranks 27st in the world – beating out Paris, Oslo, London, Helsinki and Tokyo by far (source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2017). Other cities in Flanders score high in the rankings as well, while offering this high quality of living at a reasonable cost (sources: Financial Times; fDi Benchmark 2015; Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2017).

Most desirable cities for international employees

Quality of Living Index - Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2017

Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Zürich Switzerland
3 Auckland New Zealand
9 Copenhagen Denmark
12 Amsterdam Netherlands
13 Berlin Germany
27 Brussels Belgium
31 Helsinki Finland
31 Oslo Norway
38 Paris France
40 London UK
47 Tokyo Japan

Cities with the highest cost of living

Cost of Living Index - Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2017

Rank City Country
1 Luanda Angola
2 Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3 Tokyo Japan
4 Zürich Switzerland
28 Copenhagen Denmark
30 London UK
46 Oslo Norway
62 Paris France
85 Amsterdam Netherlands
88 Helsinki Finland
104 Brussels Belgium
120 Berlin Germany

Affordable rental prices in Flanders

Compared to the rest of Western Europe, Belgium has good housing statistics. 

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