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Very high standard of living in Flanders

It’s obvious at a glance that citizens of Flanders are highly educated and healthy. The average life expectancy is 80.3 years, and the average school attendance period is 15.9 years, according to the United Nations Development Program.

Family, friends, food and fun

People in Flanders have a deep love for the good things in life – family, friends, food and fun. No wonder city streets are lined with cafes, taverns, bistros and restaurants serving a whole world of food and drinks.

Barrio Cantina Food Truck Festival in Ghent

Barrio Cantina Food Truck Festival in Ghent;

Food that wins hearts and prizes

Our region is known for its world-class beer, waffles, cheese, chocolate and enticing desserts. We have the rankings and awards to prove it. To highlight two examples:

  • our beers won 4 of the 8 main prizes at the 2016 World Beer Awards – while claiming several other victories in subcategories;
  • cheeses from De Kazerij brought home 4 medals at the 2016 World Cheese Awards, two of which even received the Super Gold ribbon.

Michelin approves

Flanders may be small in size, but our region has some of the biggest restaurants. In the 2017 edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide, 11 new Belgian restaurants – 9 of which are in Flanders – were awarded a star.

Meanwhile, Hof van Cleve and Hertog Jan, both situated in Flanders as well, kept their 3 stars along with their leading positions.

As a result, the total number of Belgian restaurants with one or more Michelin stars is an impressive 143. What is more, 179 dining addresses in Belgium received a Bib Gourmand, which rates top menus under EUR 37.

Critically acclaimed

Several restaurants in Flanders also feature in international shortlists. Think of Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem, The Jane in Antwerp and Hertog Jan in Bruges – which rank #53, #54 and #73 respectively in the 2017 global top 100 by culinary website ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Opinionated About Dining also included several of our restaurants in its top 200 European restaurants in 2017:

  • Hertog Jan (Bruges) at #24
  • The Jane (Antwerp) at #55
  • Souvenir (Ypres) at #95
  • Nuance (Duffel) at #138
  • De Jonkman (Bruges) at #147
  • Bartholomeus (Knokke-Heist) at #168
  • De Kristalijn (Genk) at #181
  • Magis (Tongeren) at 182
  • ’t Zilte (Antwerp) at #194
  • Benoit & Bernard Dewitte (Zingem) at #199

A myriad of cultural events

Young and old alike enjoy all kinds of social and cultural events in rural and urban areas with friends, family and peers, including theater performances, musical concerts, movies, sports matches, festivals, and many more.

Happy at work

Guess where some of the world’s happiest employees live? Right here in Flanders, according to the Global Workforce Happiness Index 2016. Belgium – and Flanders as a region – ranks number 8 in the world when it comes to employee satisfaction and loyalty.

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