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Moving to Antwerp, Belgium

William Russell
William Russell
William Russell
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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: Antwerp, Belgium is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, making it an attractive destination for expats. The city is known for its world-class art galleries, museums, and historic architecture, as well as its lively nightlife and excellent restaurants. Antwerp is also a great place to live for its excellent public transportation system, affordable housing, and proximity to other major European cities. Before moving to Antwerp, it is important to be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other parts of Belgium. Additionally, the city is known for its rainy weather, so it is important to be prepared for wet days. It is also important to be aware of the language barrier, as Dutch is the official language of the city. Finally, it is important to research the local job market and the availability of expat services.

What do I need to know before moving to Antwerp?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Antwerp, they said:

"Antwerp is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and a wide range of activities to enjoy. Expats should be aware that the official language of Belgium is Dutch, so it is important to learn some basic Dutch before moving to Antwerp. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in Antwerp is relatively high, so it is important to budget accordingly. Additionally, Antwerp has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers, so expats should be prepared for the changing weather. Finally, expats should be aware that Antwerp is a very safe city, with low crime rates and a strong sense of community," commented one expat who made the move to Antwerp.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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