Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands and a lively university city with charming outdoor cafés, trendy hotspots, friendly restaurants and numerous cultural events. Utrecht is a dynamic city and is the ideal size to explore the centre by bike or on foot, yet expansive enough to enjoy modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end. Utrecht features Roman churches, medieval wharves and naturally the magnificent Gothic Dom, in addition to design by Rietveld, royal trains and distinctive musical clocks. Utrecht has a tremendously rich culture with lively events scheduled throughout the year, from light art, film, pioneering dance or classical music.

The Netherlands provide the perfect gateway to the rest of Europe. The country is both economically and politically stable and reliable. The Dutch are well educated and speak their languages. Furthermore, the country boasts an excellent infrastructure and competitive fiscal climate. Utrecht is the Netherlands’ fourth city, is located at the heart of the country and has at the moment 335,000 inhabitants. The province of Utrecht, with over a million inhabitants, is considered to be the most competitive region of Europe, with several hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Because of all these unique characteristics, Utrecht is very appealing to a lot of people. This makes Utrecht the Netherlands’ fastest-growing city and is expected to reach 400,000 inhabitants in the coming years. The city’s population is diverse, ranging from students to young families and from knowledge workers to manual workers. However, the typical Utrecht resident is young and highly educated. In this city of 70,000 students, one in every five inhabitants is a student. Since Roman times,

Utrecht has been a centre in which people meet each other and where roads meet. The Utrecht Region is the beating heart of the Netherlands. It is located 30 minutes away from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in between Amsterdam and Eindhoven. The German Ruhr Region is easy to reach by high speed train or by motorway. Over 170 million people live within 500-kilometre radius of the city of Utrecht.

Living in Utrecht

Over 330,000 people – including 170 nationalities – call Utrecht their home. With the completion of the new Leidsche Rijn residential and business district, this will rise to some 370,000, an unprecedented expansion in the history of the city. In 2011 Utrecht was voted Holland’s ‘most vibrant city’ and, once again, it earned second place for living, bringing up children, studying and working.
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Utrecht as smart and innovative city and region

Imagine a place where a healthy environment comes to life. Imagine a place where citizens, entrepreneurs, scientists, and local authorities combine their strengths to work on solutions that improve life, here and around the globe. This place exists, you can find it in the Utrecht Region. Increasing numbers of international organizations and people are recognizing this blend of city amenities in a green environment and a good quality of life as the perfect place to settle or set up business.

Since Roman times, Utrecht has been at the crossroads of just about everything new, a hub for new meaningful ideas and talent. Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, inspirational environment for leading innovations that improve health, the green economy, and quality of life.

Utrecht and the Utrecht Region offers you:

  • The Utrecht Science Park. It brings together expertise from businesses, industry and academia in order to design and create healthier, safer and more sustainable cities for the current and subsequent generations. It’s relatively small surface area accommodates the highest concentration of knowledge institutes in Europe and it is the Netherlands’ largest science park.
  • The cradle of the Dutch Gaming industry. Half of all people working in this business in the Netherlands were educated in Utrecht. Many of them started their businesses in the Dutch Game Garden at Jaarbeurs.
  • The Utrecht Railway area, deemed a Smart Sustainable District by the EU. In cooperation with businesses, Utrecht University and health and knowledge institutions, the area is one of the living labs for new healthy urban living solutions.
  • And Utrecht offers so much more
  • Utrecht has the youngest and best-educated working population in the Netherlands, with 44% having completed a college or university education.
  • 85% of Utrecht residents are trilingual.
  • It is the fastest growing city of the Netherlands. • The EU named the Utrecht Region the most competitive region of Europe, twice in a row.
  • Utrecht was named Smart City of the World by The New Economy magazine.
  • Utrecht has the world’s first smart solar-controlled charging station, which can both charge and discharge electric cars and thus make car batteries suitable for supplying power to homes.
  • Utrecht had the highest innovation potential in the Netherlands according to ING Bank.
  • WIFI was invented here.
  • Utrecht University was named best research university in the Netherlands and boasts 12 Nobel Prize winners.
  • According to the BBC, Utrecht is the happiest place to live on the planet.
  • Utrecht is at the forefront of 3D printing technologies: the world’s first complete cranial implant using 3D printing technology was created here. In 2015, the first-ever Master’s degree programme in 3D Bioprinting will be offered at Utrecht Science Park.
  • According to CNN, Utrecht is the best city in the world for cycling.
  • Utrecht is building the largest bike parking garagein the world, with space for 12,500 bikes.
  • In Utrecht, people cycle more than in any of the major Dutch cities.
  • And so on…