It is obvious that every city has disadvantages. One more, the other less. The most important factor, whether we move to a particular city or country, is what we actually expect. A quiet location for the family? Good schools for yourself or your children? A place with many jobs? Or maybe a place to experience retirement in a green area. Here are some of the disadvantages of living in Antwerp, which for some may not be a problem at all.
Tax rates in this city are very high (the highest in Europe). While spending money on taxes can burn a proverbial hole in your pocket, the only benefit of this is knowing that you will receive the same amount of quality service. The standard Belgian corporate tax rate is currently 33.99%. The average income tax is 42%. This may seem like an inconvenience, but the Belgian government uses this money to fund extraordinary social programmes.
The three official languages in Antwerp are French, Dutch and German. More than half the population speaks Dutch. All of these languages are not easy to learn. Fortunately, most Belgians have a good command of English.
Although public transport is very accessible in Belgium, it does not always arrive on time. Trains have frequent delays. They usually don’t take more than 10 minutes, but it’s something to keep in mind during your daily commute.
If you want to buy a flat, it can be relatively expensive. Prices also vary from area to area. It’s best to check this beforehand so you don’t run into any problems. It might also be a good idea to let an estate agent help you with the whole property buying process. Remember, however, that only holders of a BIV (Belgian Institute of Estate Agents) certificate can carry out real estate activities.