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Why Utrecht

The Utrecht region, or the Province of Utrecht to give it its official name, has it all:
it is smart, central, and offers an excellent quality of life.

And the European Commission has twice named it the most competitive region in the EU.

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Why Utrecht


Utrecht is known for its world-class universities and research institutions, and boasts the most highly educated workforce in the Netherlands.

44% of Utrecht’s workers have a university degree, and 85% of its residents speak at least three languages.

Between them, Utrecht University, the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, and the HKU University of the Arts have more than 65,000 students.


More than 170 million consumers live within a 500 kilometre radius of the region. Conveniently located in the heart of the Netherlands, the Utrecht region provides easy access to Europe and the rest of the world.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport is less than 30 minutes away, and the region’s inland ports connect easily with Rotterdam’s world-class seaport.

The largest train station in the Netherlands connects Utrecht with all major Dutch cities, and international cities including Frankfurt and Paris can be reached within 3 ½ hours.

Excellent quality of life

The region is a unique combination of vibrant cities and villages, and a variety of beautiful landscapes and recreational opportunities.

Its cities are cosmopolitan and vibrant, bursting with festivals and cultural events while being charming, compact and child-friendly.

Just outside the cities you’ll find picturesque villages and a wide range of things to do. Lakes, polders, hills, forests, castles and moorland all combine to create a truly unforgettable landscape. And its real estate is affordable, with property prices considerably lower than in nearby Amsterdam.

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About Invest Utrecht

Invest Utrecht, the Foreign Investment Agency of the Province of Utrecht is a one-stop shop for practical assistance and information services to help companies establish and maintain operations in Utrecht. We actively help foreign companies set up their business, but we also support the more than 900 foreign companies that are already established in the province. All our services are free of charge and confidential.

Utrecht Region

Utrecht is a home base to many prominent international companies, knowledge institutes and research centers across sectors including Life Sciences & Health, ICT and Gaming.


Have a look at the company profiles and find out more about the key players already doing successful business here.

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Invitation to the Holland: Europe’s Life Sciences Hub event on 19th of June to kick off the Bio International Convention 2017 in San Diego, US Read more
Utrecht Region once again among Europe's most competitive regions Read more
lnvest-NL offers opportunities for the region (Dutch only) Read more
Utrecht Region and Amsterdam will travel to the southern German region of Bavaria to enhance trade relations Read more

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