Studies and rankings


  • Europe’s top logistical hub (Cushman & Wakefield – comparison of prime locations for European distribution and logistics 2009)
  • A region that is attractive for investors (2010 study by the IBM Plant Location International service)
  • Liege : 3rd river port in Europe and 8th European cargo airport (results 2011 – port of Liege – Liege Airport)
  • Jérôme Cornil, Wallonia ranks among the top 100 international chemists (Thomson Reuters – 2011)



  • Sixth most attractive country in Europe for foreign investments (Ernst & Young : Barometer of Belgian attractiveness 2009)
  • Brussels: top ranking European city and second-ranking world-wide for business meetings (International Meeting Statistics 2009, Union of International Associations)
  • The most globalised country on the planet (KOF index 2010)
  • 9th in terms of logistical efficiency (World Bank Logistics Performance Index 2010)
  • 8th country in terms of Internet connection speed (Akamai Technologies 2010)
  • The densest road network in the world and 4th highest railway density (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010)
  • Eighth ranking international exporter of goods world-wide and 14th largest exporter of services in the world (WTO International Trade Statistics 2010)
  • 8th ranking country in terms of Quality of Life (Quality of Life Index 2010, International Living magazine)
  • One of the 10 most innovative (bio) pharmaceutical basins in the world (scientific journal Nature Reviews/ Drug Discovery, November 2010)
  • Belgium, one of the world’s top-ranking countries in terms of clinical studies (asbl BeCRO – 2011)
  • 5th most productive country in the world (The Conference Board 2011)
  • Ranks 6th in Europe in terms of innovation (comparative study published by the European Commission – 2011)
  • Brussels: Europe’s most commercially attractive city (Mapic 2010)

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