Healthy living, Green economy and Service innovation 

Utrecht is a leading international region, able to claim the highest gross domestic product per capital and the highest-educated population in the Netherlands. In fact, the European Commission recently named Utrecht Europe’s most competitive region. The economic strategy centres on fostering three promising, knowledgeintensive sectors through an effective incentives policy, while also accommodating the dynamics of other, established sectors.

The three innovative sectors on which the policy focuses are life sciences, creative industries (gaming, design and media) and complex sustainability solutions.

For centuries Utrecht has been one of the most important provinces in the Netherlands. Trade and industry flourished early in the province, benefiting not only its cities, but also its regional artisans and farmers alike. Nearby the city of Utrecht, the forests and heathlands of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park beckon passers-by to enjoy a beautiful walking or cycling tour. Utrecht’s vibrant countryside, the

Crooked Rhine region (so named for the river’s many bends), is nestled at the foot of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park, where the New Dutch Water Defence Line meets the ancient border defence known as the Roman Limes.

Where science and culture meet 

The City of Utrecht, with its inextricable combination of rich past and dynamic present, is a truly unique place. This 2000 year old city teems with a wide range of interesting museums and culturalevents

with programmes full of theater, dance, art and more. Stroll down the quaint streets and along the canals in the Utrecht Museum Quarter and sample the pleasant, intimate atmospherefor which Utrecht is famous. 70,000 students represent the character of this lively city of creative young people.

Regional capital 

Utrecht is developing from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance. The city’s current expansion, more rapid than any in the city’s long history, combines physical expansion with innovation, major economic opportunities and a new urban dynamism. As a medieval treasure and a leading academic, technological and cultural center, Utrecht is now a pro-active player in the international community.


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