When asked about Brussels, most people will likely tell you it is small. This is the paradox of Brussels in a nutshell. Triple capital of Europe, Belgium and the Flanders region, host to both NATO and the EU headquarters, European base for a large number of international corporations (more than a 1.000 from the United States only), welcoming home for a population of some 300.000 expats, incredibly cosmopolitan… Yet Brussels remains a very relaxed and laid-back town which manages to keep its human scale.
Ripe with all the facilities and entertainment you would expect from a capital city, from hotels, bars and restaurants to museums and famous monuments, Brussels is still easy to get around. Outside rush-hour you can cross the city in a mere 20 minutes. The city centre itself is easily walkable. And the green spaces (parks - woods - forest) account for 13.8% of its surface.
14 million business men and women
Business travel is a priority for the tourism industry. This explains why, even though French and Flemish are the main two languages spoken in Belgium, in the city a large number of people also speak English. Every year approximately 14 million business men and women come to Brussels for conferences, exhibitions, meetings, fairs or European summits. And numerous deals are often closed around a nice table.
The rest of Europe just 2 hours away
Nested in the heart of Belgium, at the cross-road between France, The U.K., The Netherlands and Germany, Brussels is also a great base to travel from. With its main airport implanted in the suburbs, another one just 1 hour drive away and 3 major train stations, the rest of Belgium and Europe is never too far. You can travel to Paris, London, Amsterdam or Berlin in under 2 hours.
Historically anchored in the heart of this great metropolis, The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management builds upon the city’s geo-strategic strengths to enable its students to become true international professionals with many networking capacities.