Brussels

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Quality of life in Brussels

By Katre Liis Kallas

Life in Brussels is a culturally rich, central-European adventure offering a high quality of life. Home to much of the European Union infrastructure, it attracts a diverse population, while maintaining its distinct identity. You can go hiking in the woods, attend various cultural events and talk to people of multiple nationalities in a single day. The key districts of Brussels are well connected by a quality transportation network, but its compact size also allows for navigation by foot and all the opportunities that creates.

Brussels is one of the top ten city matches for 0.4% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
160/263
Details
Large apartment$1328.42
Medium apartment$1045.45
Rent index [score]0.67
Small apartment$762.48

Cost of Living

5
188/261
Details
5km taxi ride$10.00
A Cappuccino$3.40
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$2.20
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.45
Lunch$16.00
Monthly fitness club membership$49.00
Monthly public transport$58.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$85.18

Startups

6
79/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups12
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.46
Coworking spaces [score]0.75
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co18
Meetups [score]0.61
Meetups groups177
Meetups members55796
Number of investors52
Number of startup events in the last 12 months558
Number of upcoming meetup events47
Startup climate scene [score]0.61
Startup events60
Startup events101
Startup events [score]0.68
Startups [score]0.66
Total number of startups211

Venture Capital

5
78/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.46

Travel Connectivity

7
15/260
Details
Airport hub189
Airport hub [score]0.81
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.69

Commute

5
90/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Belgium/Brussels
Traffic handling [score]0.73

Business Freedom

9
61/259
Details
Business freedom85.40
Business freedom [score]0.88
Freedom from corruption76.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.82
Lack of labor restrictions60.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.46
Time to open a business4.00
Time to open a business [score]0.97

Safety

7
174/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.41
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents17
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.92
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

8
61/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)81.06
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

7
21/230
Details
Best university in rankingKU Leuven
Best university ranking40
Country mean scores in PISA math test518.81
Country mean scores in PISA reading test508.62
Country mean scores in PISA science test504.87
PISA math ranking (high school)11
PISA ranking15
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.89
PISA reading (high school)14
PISA science (high school)20
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.19
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.16
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.20
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.09
University quality [score]0.50

Environmental Quality

4
206/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.33
Cleanliness [score]0.25
Drinking water quality [score]0.43
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

5
155/258
Details
Currency for urban areaEUR
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.27
GDP per capita$42973.43
GDP per capita [score]0.68

Taxation

2
256/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.28
Income tax level [score]0.10
Profit tax (% of profit)0.59
Time overhead to file company taxes161
VAT (Sales Tax)0.21

Internet Access

7
52/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)88.76
Internet access (download) [score]0.98
Internet access (upload) [score]0.33
Upload speed (Mbps)7.03

Leisure & Culture

8
34/263
Details
Art galleries380
Art galleries [score]0.82
Cinemas222
Cinemas [score]0.76
Comedy clubs285
Comedy clubs [score]0.91
Concert venues346
Concerts [score]0.93
Historical sites274
Historical sites [score]0.84
Museums173
Museums [score]0.77
Performing art venues237
Performing arts [score]0.91
Sport venues216
Sports [score]0.97
Zoos24
Zoos [score]0.90

Tolerance

9
11/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.19
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.78

Outdoors

4
178/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.13
Median peak in meters125.50
Urban area elevation (meters)34.00
Water access [score]0.70
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Brussels are in the 188th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,144$1,513
$1328
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$49
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$44
Monthly public transport$58
Lunch$16
-21%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$39,284
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

17.20
Guns per 100 people
1.82
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Brussels in position 206 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Brussels, Belgium

61, Avenue de Wolvendael, 1180 Bruxelles

Phone: (+32) 2 761 31 66

Representation of Belgium to Afghanistan

House 45-47, Street 3, Chahar Rahi Haji Yaqoob, Shar-e-Naw , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 798 583 943

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People in Brussels

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Brussels

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On living in Brussels


Brussels (French: Bruxelles, Dutch: Brussel) is the capital of Belgium and one of the three administrative regions within the country, together with Flanders and Wallonia. Apart from its role within its country, it is also an internationally important city, hosting numerous international institutions, and in particular the core institutions of the European Union. Due to that, it is sometimes referred to informally as the capital of the EU.

Brussels blends the heritage of a medieval Flemish town with the grandiose projects initiated after it became the capital of what was then a French-speaking country, as well as some impressive modern architecture erected in a large part to house the aforementioned institutions. Brussels is now bi-lingual, hosting and officially recognizing both the Dutch- and French-speaking communities of Belgium, and has become increasingly international with the influx of people of various origin who came there to work, many of them for the European Union. This all makes Brussels a rather unique blend, sprinkled with a number of Belgian peculiarities, and for the inquisitive tourist a large treasure chest to discover.

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