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Foreign direct investment in the region of Flanders in 2017

After a short-lived dip in 2016 due to socio-economic and geopolitical conditions, foreign investment in Flanders is back on track. Not only did the total investment amount rise by 11.41%, the number of new projects also grew by 8.59%. Moreover, foreign investments in Flanders created the highest number of jobs in 15 years, recording an increase of 26.22% (from 4,260 to 5,377).

Not only did the total investment amount rise by 11.41%, the number of new projects also grew by 8.59%. Moreover, foreign investments in Flanders created the highest number of jobs in 15 years, recording an increase of 26.22% (from 4,260 to 5,377).

Flanders attracts multiple types of investments

Across many kinds of corporate activities, Flanders attracts a broad range of foreign greenfield investments as well as expansion projects, mergers and acquisitions. 2017 FDI trends in Flanders looked like this:

Companies from around the world are investing in Flanders

In setting up or expanding your business in Flanders, you’ll join numerous multinational enterprises from around the globe.

Top 10 FDI investors in Flanders, 2017

Ranking Country of origin # FDI projects
1 USA 46
2 Netherlands 25
3 Germany 23
4 France 18
5 China 14
6 Japan 13
7 Sweden 10
8 UK 9
9 Switzerland 8
10 Italy 4

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