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Those who plan on moving to Brussels will find a beautiful cosmopolitan city at the heart of the European Union. Belgium’s capital has become a popular expatriate destination due to the high quality of life it inspires, its mild climate and its position in relation to the rest of Europe. Since it is effectively the capital of NATO and the EU, the city has a dynamic, international atmosphere fuelled by expatriates and diplomats from all over the continent.
Brussels houses countless multinational companies and hosts more than 1,000 business conferences on an annual basis, which makes it a city popular with professional expats looking to work abroad. Although the city has felt the effects of the economic downturn, a mood of optimism is returning and it continues to attract highly skilled expatriates to its substantial services sector.
Expats will also get to enjoy living in Brussels and the lifestyle it offers residents. The wealth of cultural and historical attractions, top-class eateries and fantastic shopping afford it a unique atmosphere that is rich with history and youthful energy. The modern, well-organised and affordable public transport system in Brussels consists of a metro as well as trams and buses, making it easy for anyone to navigate around the city.
Expats can also rest assured that their families will be taken care of. The city offers world-class healthcare facilities as well as a wide selection of high quality local and international schools. There are also many child-friendly attractions and activities in Brussels for expat families to enjoy in their free time.
From apartments in the European Quarter to more spacious housing on the city’s fringes, expats should also have few problems finding accommodation in Brussels. The traffic in Brussels is notorious for being congested. It's therefore advised to find accommodation close to work to avoid costly commuting fees.
Overall, expats in Brussels will find that life in this European city is full of new experiences and adventures. Those with an open mind and willingness to adapt to the local language and culture should have very little difficulty settling down in their new home.
"I think I most enjoy the randomness of Brussels. It is so different to where I live in England. There are people here from all over the world, speaking all sorts of languages and representing every culture and viewpoint you can think of." Read more about David's thoughts on living in Brussels.
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