Antwerp rises in European rankings for attracting foreign investment

Foreign investment in Antwerp increased by 59 per cent last year. As a result, Antwerp has risen from fourth to second place in the European Cities and Regions of the Future 2024/25 ranking for attracting foreign investment.

The ranking is an initiative of fDi Intelligence, the knowledge centre of the Financial Times. It covers a specific category of large cities with populations of less than 2 million. First place goes to Glasgow, Scotland.

In the same report by FDI Intelligence, Antwerp also scores in the top ten in other categories. "The city scores in economic potential and connectivity and is among the top ten most promising investment destinations in the whole of Europe," said Alderwoman Erica Caluwaerts, responsible for Economy, Innovation and Industry.

Antwerp is said to have invested heavily in recent years in developing innovation hubs where start-ups, scale-ups and established companies work together. In 2023, the city reported 50 new foreign investment projects with a total of 1.93 billion euros.


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