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Utrecht Region

Right in the middle of the Netherlands, you’ll find one of the country’s most thriving parts: Utrecht Region. The European Commission has ranked it as one of the most competitive regions in Europe for years now, and it is easy to understand why. Utrecht Region has excellent infrastructure, a high quality of life, forward-thinking cities, state-of-the-art research centres, and thriving med and tech ecosystems. And that’s not all: Utrecht Region also has plenty of rich natural areas, such as the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with endless scenic walking and cycle routes. Utrecht Region is truly the best of two worlds.
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Vibrant cities

Utrecht Region consists of 26 municipalities and has more than 1,3 million inhabitants. Most people live in one of the three main cities: Hilversum, Amersfoort, and the ancient yet youthful capital Utrecht. Its inner city is a must-see, with old canals and outdoor patios everywhere, where you can enjoy excellent food, drinks, and good company. Utrecht University is one of the most prestigious in the country, and its many students contribute to a lively atmosphere. With its central location, rich history, diverse culture, green surroundings and constantly growing international community, Utrecht Region offers the complete package.


Smart, healthy and sustainable

Utrecht Region is known for being a healthy, welcoming, and happy environment; Utrecht and Amersfoort have repeatedly ranked as the best cities in the country to live and work in. It is the most educated province of the Netherlands, and the region is smart in many other ways: it is a frontrunner in the areas of green technology, sustainable cities, and urban mobility. Not only has the city of Utrecht the largest train station in the Netherlands, but also the world’s largest bicycle parking, and it is building special cycling highways. No wonder the city was chosen the most bicycle-friendly city in the world.

Utrecht central station
Utrecht Science park

Life Sciences and Health

It’s no surprise that cities in Utrecht Region are so great at healthy urban living: it has a thriving ecosystem in Life Sciences and Health where entrepreneurs, scientists, and researchers work closely together to help people live healthier lives in sustainable cities. Many of them work at Utrecht Science Park: a vibrant and stimulating location with universities, companies, medical centres, and other scientific organisations. It is a place where both large enterprises and innovative start- and scale-ups flourish. Some examples of the organisations based here are Danone Nutricia Research, Bioceros and Genmab.


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Digital and media

Utrecht Region is also a leading player in the creative IT industry. Large companies such as Capgemini, Fujitsu, VodafoneZiggo, and Oracle are all located in the area. They profit from the highly-skilled, multilingual workforce, the excellent business climate, and the region’s connectivity. Exemplary for the forward-thinking culture of Utrecht Region is its role as a major hotspot of the gaming industry. Dutch Game Garden (DGG), based in the city of Utrecht, is a hub for game development with training facilities and award-winning gaming studios. And last but not least, Utrecht Region is home to Hilversum, the media capital of the Netherlands.


You are welcome

Do you want to be part of a creative and innovative community that values health, sustainability, and a pleasant and green living environment? You will find it in the heart of the Netherlands. Utrecht Region will welcome you with open arms, as there’s always room for people who want to help make this world a better place.

The International Welcome Centre Utrecht Region welcomes you and helps you settle into your new life. Visit their website to learn about their free services. Utrecht Region hopes to welcome you soon.


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