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Fernando Achutegui

"With the help of InterNations members we've found a good real estate agent. Now we live in a very nice house on the outskirts of Antwerp."

Nellie Collins

"I've been looking for other Americans women in Antwerp. InterNations unites them all - some have become very close friends by now."

Welcome to the InterNations Community in Antwerp!

Goededag, salut, and welcome to our community of expats in Antwerp — home of Van Dyck, Rubens and the center of Europe's diamond trade. InterNations gives you access to a wealth of essential information specifically created to support expats. All the insider tips you'll need are included in our comprehensive guides; you'll find answers to questions such as "when should I apply for a work visa?" and "what education options are available?". Take any concerns to our busy social forum where friendly fellow expats are always happy to share their experiences on everything from tricky paperwork to the best language lessons. Relocation can be daunting, but with InterNations you have the reassurance that you are part of our friendly, knowledgeable community.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Riyadh or Dubai.

Join Our Exciting Events in Antwerp

Attend our monthly events and activities for Antwerp expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Find More Information in Our Antwerp Expat Guides

  • Moving to Antwerp

    Are you moving to Antwerp as an expat? Then you’ll need some assistance navigating through the practical difficulties you might encounter. This guide from InterNations gives you the essential information on visas, travel, and housing.
  • Living in Antwerp

    Living in Antwerp places you at a crossroads between history and modernism. If you are seriously considering spending part of your life in Antwerp, however, there is some essential information you should know, such as educational options for children and city health services. The InterNations guide to living in Antwerp gives you all the answers you need.
  • Working in Antwerp

    If you are planning on working in Antwerp as an expat, you’ll probably appreciate some advice about work permits, key industries, and the city’s general economic climate. Read on to discover all the information you need to start working in this city successfully.

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Diamonds and Shopping in Antwerp

Main industries in Antwerp include the service sector and the international trading at the port, one of the biggest in Europe. The industrial sector is growing rapidly, which in turn has attracted commercial agencies, banking companies, transportation and international trading firms among others. The diamond trade that has made Antwerp so famous for the last 500 years is thriving, and the city's artistic past now translates into clothing design, meaning that fashion and retail are also strong areas. With many people in Antwerp speaking English (although the official language is Dutch) expats hoping to work in Antwerp have every chance of success. Once known as the "triumphant shopping city", the large malls of Antwerp mean that shoppers will be right at home. For modern comfort, the Wijnegem Shopping Center is the city's largest mall, but to enjoy more historical surroundings, head to the main shopping area, the Meir. Of course, most expats will be drawn to the diamond district or "Square Mile", where around 1,800 traders and jewelers make the city sparkle alongside designer boutiques and romantic cobblestone streets.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Amsterdam or Khobar (Eastern Prov.), InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Our Events in Antwerp Are One of the Best Ways to Meet Other Expats

Relocation is a mixture of finding out about the city and building a new group of friends. With InterNations Events and get-togethers our expats can network, socialize and have fun together in a safe environment to start building friendships in a new city. Explore our InterNations Groups to find like-minded expats who share your interests in arts and culture, cycling, nightlife, movies, fitness and more. InterNations is more than just a website of essential information, it's the start to a fulfilling new life in Antwerp.

Fernando Achutegui

"With the help of InterNations members we've found a good real estate agent. Now we live in a very nice house on the outskirts of Antwerp."

Nellie Collins

"I've been looking for other Americans women in Antwerp. InterNations unites them all - some have become very close friends by now."

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