The capital of the Antwerp province, Antwerp boasts the second largest seaport in Europe. The port and its docklands played an important role in the city’s history and continue to do so today, hosting several oil refineries and petrochemical companies. Antwerp is considered to be Belgium's
“Second City” after its capital, Brussels
The city has become a prime location for foreign investment as it one of the fastest-growing economic regions in Europe, with an average growth of 1.9% each year since 1998. The service sector contributes to 75% of all business in Antwerp and consequently, the industrial sector has grown significantly alongside. The city is also the international centre of the diamond trade, generating a massive $56 billion (£36 billion) in 2011 alone.
Antwerp has an abundance of things to see and explore, from its spectacular architecture, such as the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, to its excellent array of bars and restaurants. One of the city’s most notable landmarks, the neo-baroque Central Station, is considered to be one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world.
Antwerp International Airport is located fewer than 4 miles from the city centre, from which it is connected via a direct bus service. Within the city, the main modes of transport are bus and tram; both operate services that extend to the surrounding suburbs.