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Amazing lifestyle at a reasonable cost in Flanders

In terms of well-being and quality of life, Belgium and its northern region Flanders score well compared to the rest of Europe and the world. This has a lot to do with the excellent yet affordable healthcare services, the top-notch educational system and the varied culinary, cultural and leisure options available in the region. What’s more, cities in Flanders offer this great lifestyle at a comparatively low cost. 

When it comes to quality of living, Brussels – the capital of both Belgium and Flanders – beats out major cities in Europe and around the world. Other cities in Flanders score high in the rankings as well, while offering this high quality of living at a reasonable cost. But don’t take our word for it, check out the facts and figures below! 

Quality of living is relatively high in Flanders…

Below are some of the most livable cities around the globe based on healthcare, safety, political stability, infrastructure, green space and other factors. In this regard, Brussels – both Belgium's and Flanders' capital – ranks consistently high. 

Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Copenhagen Denmark
3 Zurich Switzerland
5 Vancouver Canada
6 Geneva Switzerland
9 Amsterdam Netherlands
19 Paris France
24 Brussels Belgium
30 Adelaide Australia
33 London UK
43 Madrid Spain
73 Athens Greece

(Source: Global Livability Index, Economist Intelligence Unit, 2022)

… while the cost of living in Flanders is relatively low

The table below ranks some of the world’s major cities according to cost of living (the higher the ranking, the higher the costs). Here, Brussels – the capital of Belgium and Flanders – ranks at the lower end of the spectrum, indicating relatively low costs of living in the city. 

Rank City Country
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2 Zurich


3 Geneva Switzerland
6 Tel Aviv Israel
7 New York United States
8 Singapore Singapore
9 Tokyo Japan
10 Beijing China
11 Copenhagen Denmark
15 London United Kingdom
21 Vienna Austria
25 Amsterdam Netherlands
35 Paris France
39 Brussels Belgium
46 Berlin


49 Dublin Ireland
78 Barcelona Spain

(Source: Cost of Living Index, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, 2022)

Affordable rental prices in Flanders

Compared to the rest of Western Europe, Belgium – and Flanders as a region – has good housing statistics.

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