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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 28th in the world – beating out Paris, London, Helsinki, New York and Tokyo by far (source: Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2019). 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, 2019).

Most desirable cities for international employees

Quality of Living Index - Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2019

Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Zürich Switzerland
3 Vancouver Canada
8 Copenhagen Denmark
11 Amsterdam Netherlands
13 Berlin Germany
28 Brussels Belgium
31 Helsinki Finland
39 Paris France
41 London UK
44 New York USA
47 Tokyo Japan

Cities with the highest cost of living

Cost of Living Index - Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2019

Rank City Country
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2 Ashgabat


3 Tokyo Japan
4 Zürich Switzerland
6 New York USA
19 London UK
25 Copenhagen Denmark
50 Paris France
76 Oslo Norway
64 Amsterdam Netherlands
74 Helsinki Finland
78 Brussels Belgium
82 Berlin Germany

Affordable rental prices in Flanders

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

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