Antwerp ranks twice in Financial Times’ Global Cities of the Future list

A seventh place for economic potential in the category of cities up to 2 million inhabitants, that’s the top result for Antwerp in fDI Intelligence’s prestigious ‘Global Cities of the Future 2021/2022’-rankings. Moreover, Antwerp was also awarded for its connectivity and won the fDi Strategy Award for chemicals. This is a clear recognition of Antwerp’s development as an attractive destination for international investment. 

Potential and attractiveness for international entrepreneurship

FDi Intelligence is the Financial Times’ prestigious knowledge centre on international investment. Each year, the business world eagerly looks forward to their rankings of entrepreneurial cities. This year, a team of experts compared 129 cities on their potential and attractiveness for international entrepreneurship.  

Awarded for economic potential

For the first time, and as the only Belgian city, Antwerp makes the ranking of cities with the strongest economic potential, in the category of cities up to 2 million inhabitants. According to the jury, Antwerp deserves this high ranking thanks to its strategy to attract international investments, in particular in the area of digital innovation, sustainable chemistry and retail. The jury also appreciates Antwerp’s digital marketing strategy. This website ( was named one of the most modern, functional and informative websites

Antwerp scores for connectivity (again)

Also as the only Belgian city, Antwerp was awarded for its connectivity (4th place) in the category of cities up to 2 million inhabitants. Antwerp was praised for its excellent connection to its port, which is home to 900 companies, five nearby airports within a 90 km radius, a strong rail and road network and a rapidly expanding digital infrastructure.

Special award for Antwerp’s chemical cluster

Last December, Antwerp won the specialism award for chemicals at the fDi Strategy Awards 2020. The jury appreciated the excellent collaboration between Antwerp’s companies, like the shared use of pipelines and industrial sites. FDi also refers to the strong focus on sustainable chemistry of both pre-incubator BlueApp and incubator BlueChem.

"The city has a strong partnership within the academic, public and private sectors to create a sustainable chemistry ecosystem", according to the jury’s report. 

Reasons to invest in Antwerp

Antwerp is highly valued internationally as an investment location, which is also reflected in the many companies that opt for Antwerp:

  • INEOS selected Antwerp as the location for the largest investment in the chemical industry in Europe in the last 20 years.
  • BASF and Borealis have announced important investments in the port.

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