Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch) is the largest city in the North of Belgium, with 510 000 inhabitants of almost 170 different nationalities.
It is a vibrant city that welcomes both multinationals and start-ups, one that caters to young professionals and family life alike.
The city is located close to the river called ‘de Schelde’ and features the second-largest port of Europe (Rotterdam being the largest). The Antwerp airport (Deurne Airport, www.antwerp-airport.be) is located only 7 km from the city center.
Antwerp is also famous for its important diamond business.
Antwerp is situated at a crossroads of motorways and prides itself on a modern railway network, which extends to the center of the city. The city also has an extensive network of tram and bus lines.
Antwerp is the capital of the state of Antwerp. The city center contains the districts of the Grote markt, Zuid, Eilandje, Ossenmarkt and Stadswaag. In addition the city has suburbs as Berchem, Borgerhout, Deurne, Ekeren, Hoboken, Merksem and Wilrijk. A little outside you also have suburbs as Braschaat, Kappellen, etc.
Many of these suburbs have increased in popularity over the past few years, as an increasing number of young professionals and young families have chosen to call them their home.
The official language is Dutch (Flemish), but thanks to their education and the influence of English-speaking culture, most Antwerp residents have a strong command of the English language.
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