A coastal province at the heart of Europe
60% of Europe’s purchasing power is located within a 500-kilometer radius of West Flanders, making it an ideal logistics and transportation hub.
West Flanders is your gateway to the world
Businesses can rely on the province’s dense network of roads, rails and canals, two deep-sea ports, two international airports and three inland terminals to swiftly reach key markets and production centres across the continent – and around the world.
Diverse logistics and transportation assets
The two deep-sea ports in West Flanders, Zeebrugge and Ostend, offer distinct profiles. Ostend focusses on offshore energy, bulk and general cargo, while Zeebrugge specialises in containers and ro-ro. Our province’s two international airports are also complementary, with the Ostend tarmac welcoming passengers and cargo, and Kortrijk-Wevelgem focussing on business travel.
The ‘Lucky 5’ – key strengths of West Flanders
The province’s five strategic clusters are characterised by tradition, experience, business acumen and dynamic collaborations with suppliers and academic centres of excellence. The result? Innovation with global impact.
Quality of life: it's in our genes
In West Flanders, the best in life and generous hospitality go hand in hand. Our economic prosperity results in a high standard of living. It’s a pleasant, enriching and historical region in which to live, work and relax. Natural beauty, housing opportunities and cultural attractions abound, and the people of West Flanders are welcoming and amiable.
Living in comfort
Respect for and careful management of green space is a top priority here. As a result, we offer beautiful residential areas, safe roads, well-equipped industrial zones, high-quality agricultural land and a healthy environment.
Never a dull moment
The coastal areas, Greater Bruges, Westhoek and the Leie regions of West Flanders offer a kaleidoscope of art cities, museums, memorials, estates, walking and cycling routes, picturesque landscapes and charming villages.
Living together is an authentic experience in West Flanders, with family and community a central part of daily life. An abundant offering of social activities combined with health and social services of the highest calibre mean rich, healthy lives for all.
An ideal business and investment climate
SMEs and entrepreneurship are crucial for the economic development of West Flanders. Family-owned and operated firms continue to be pillars of regional growth – not just as sources of employment, but as drivers of wellbeing.
Building on this, the investment climate of West Flanders is vibrant, and our people are productive, motivated, multilingual and skilled.
Home to an educational system of excellence
The Flemish educational system is known as one of the best in the world. Our universities and university colleges offer world-class curricula in a wide range of domains.
- TUA WEST fuels the knowledge-driven economy in West Flanders by stimulating higher education in the province and facilitating industry-academic collaboration.
- HOWEST has campuses in Bruges and Kortrijk and offers 23 professional bachelor’s degrees and applied research in high-impact fields like product design, digital arts & entertainment and server sizing.
- KULEUVEN is Flanders’ largest university, counting 52,000 students and 11,500 staff. It has a world-class reputation in medicine and engineering and operates satellite campuses in Kortrijk (Kulak) and Bruges.
- VIVES is the largest university college in West Flanders, with 13,000 students enrolled. It offers 29 bachelor’s degrees and provides expert industrial support in agrotech, biotech, product and process design and care innovation.
- GHENT UNIVERSITY has 41,000 students enrolled and 9,000 staff members and is known worldwide for its strengths in blue growth, food technology and industrial design engineering. It operates satellite campuses in Bruges, Kortrijk and Ostend.