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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

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Cost of Living

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5km taxi ride$0.84
A Cappuccino$1.46
A beer$0.59
A kilogram of Apples$2.06
Bread$2.67
Lunch$12.37
Monthly fitness club membership$48.65
Monthly public transport$33.75
Movie ticket$7.95

Startups

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Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Meetups [score]0.11
Meetups groups5
Meetups members227
Total number of startups2

Venture Capital

1
224/228
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Venture capital [score]0.10

Travel Connectivity

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Commute

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Business Freedom

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Safety

5
232/264
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Crime rate [score]0.96

Healthcare

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Education

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Environmental Quality

7
116/264
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Air quality [score]0.54
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.97
Urban greenery [score]0.23

Economy

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Currency for urban areaEUR

Taxation

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VAT (Sales Tax)0.04

Internet Access

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Leisure & Culture

2
252/263
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Art galleries10
Art galleries [score]0.10
Cinemas3
Cinemas [score]0.10
Comedy clubs2
Comedy clubs [score]0.40
Concert venues8
Concerts [score]0.10
Historical sites27
Historical sites [score]0.32
Museums20
Museums [score]0.14
Performing art venues3
Performing arts [score]0.10
Sport venues5
Sports [score]0.10
Zoos1
Zoos [score]0.47

Tolerance

5
214/264
Details
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]1.00

Outdoors

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

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

Cost of Living

5
188/261
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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
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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
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Venture capital [score]0.46

Travel Connectivity

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

Commute

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

Business Freedom

9
61/259
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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
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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
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Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)81.06
Life expectancy [score]0.86

Education

7
21/230
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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
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Air quality [score]0.33
Cleanliness [score]0.25
Drinking water quality [score]0.43
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

5
155/258
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$49
Movie ticket$8
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$34
Lunch$12
-100%
compared to
San Francisco

Costs of living

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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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LGBT rights in andorra

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Illegal

LGBT rights in brussels

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.9

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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