Wallonia

Key figures

Territory

Wallonia Belgium
Surface area km² 16,844.3 30,528
Built-up area (2010) km² 2,394 6,092

Population

Wallonia Belgium
Inhabitants(2010) million 3.498 10.839
Density (2010) inhab/km² 208 355
Employed working population (2010) million 1.308 4.450

Social

National Languages French, Dutch and German
Higher education graduates (cat. 25-29 years) 37 %

Economy

Wallonia Belgium
GDP growth 2010 (2009 forecast) million € 65,885 282,885
GDP/inhabitant (2007) million € 20,700 28,800
Variation over previous year % 3.0 % 3.6 %

Banks & finance:

  • Treaties: agreements with +/- 80 countries
  • Tax rate: 26 %*
  • Currency: €uro

(*effective average rate after notional interest deduction)

Infrastructures in Wallonia:

  • Waterways: 451 km
  • Main inland port: Autonomous Port of Liege – 3rd European inland port
  • Rail network: 1,605 km
  • Roads : 866 km
  • Main airports:
    • Passengers: Brussels South Charleroi Airport : 6.5 million passengers in 2012
    • Freight: Liege Airport – 577,000 tonnes in 2012

Export to develop your business

Wallonia is a region whose development has always been driven by trading relations with its neighbours but also with countries further afield.

The ideal geographical position and the high quality transport infrastructure have given a further boost to the natural tendency of Walloon companies to explore foreign markets.

Wallonia’s export clout is also backed up by the figures: over the past ten years, exports have witnessed a constant and significant growth (almost 10% on average per annum). This growth outstrips the European average and that of most of its neighbouring countries. A truly impressive performance, especially given the fact that more than 75% of Wallonia’s GDP is generated by exports, in a varied range of sectors. This multi-sector excellence merely reflects the performance of our companies’ products.

 

The Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency:  your passport to growth

Thanks to its experience and its brief, that of promoting Wallonia, disseminating information, dispensing training and providing advice, the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency is the ideal partner to efficiently help all companies looking to broaden their business horizons.

105 sales offices, dotted world-wide, can help you analyse, explore and develop your international markets. Numerous experts, across all sectors, can inform you or help you prospect new foreign markets. Financial aid can also be granted to cover your travel and accommodation expenses, your international marketing costs, etc.

 

The key sectors

The concept of company networks (clustering) has gained ground world-wide as a new modus operandi of the productive fabric and as a source of innovation.

In order to reinforce regional competitiveness in sectors that show a clear potential, Wallonia decided to develop a policy of company networks back in 2001 in the form of the Walloon Clusters and, from 2005 onwards, Competitiveness Clusters.

The Walloon Business and Competitiveness Clusters

Mobility and Transport
Environment and Sustainable Development
Food – Health
Transversal Technologies 
To find out more, consult us on http://www.investinwallonia.be/wallonia-and-competitiveness-2/10-good-reasons/exports/?lang=en

 

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