Antwerp is renowned as being 'the diamond capital of the world'. It is the second-largest city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of Antwerp Province in the Flemish Region. This cosmopolitan city is full of fascinating architecture and historical institutions, complemented by the lively nightlife.
The city has always held an important position in the Benelux economic union. It is located on the banks of the river Scheldt and is bordered by The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. It is also the second-largest port in Europe behind Rotterdam, Netherlands, and is one of the ten largest ports in the world.
The people of Antwerp have always been known for their happy-go-lucky way of life. It could be because of their easy-going lifestyles and their liking of good food. Among all the European countries, Antwerpens are known to be the happiest people. For this very reason, many tourists are attracted to Antwerp so that their trip turns out to be relaxing and enjoyable.
The metropolitan is the largest trader of diamonds; roughly 85% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the Antwerp diamond district. For centuries it has been known as the "diamond capital of the world". Diamond cutting, polishing, and trading are the crux of the city's economy.
|Area||204.51km² (78.96 sq.mi.)|
|Time Zone||CET (UTC+1) Summer: CEST (UTC+2)|
|Official language||Dutch, French|