Limburg as a unique border region
Limburg is one of the Netherlands’ 12 provinces. Situated between Belgium and Germany, the Region is dominated by borders. Long, tall Limburg has 351 km of borders with other countries and is connected to the rest of the Netherlands by just 113 km. It’s not surprising that Limburgians have traditionally looked further than the borders and have worked, studied or shopped in other countries.
Owing to its unique geographical location, the dynamics generated by the borders and that traditional cross border manner of thinking and trading that is in the DNA of Limburgians, Limburg is an enormously attractive region for businesses, students and tourists.
Cross border collaboration
Limburg has something to offer Europe and the Netherlands as a trading nation. Limburg is the frontline of Europe. A centre of expertise for the entire Euregion. This is what makes the people of Limburg powerful partners in cross border collaboration, to the benefit of all parties.
Maastricht has a strong brand name internationally because of its history, the internationally orientated university and Health Campus and the MECC, which is working on major advances. Maastricht being seen by the absolute top of the global art market as an ideal place to convene is an asset that can also be beneficial to others. In the northern area of Limburg, where Venlo is the main city, international orientation is key as well. Venlo was voted Best Inland City of 2013, partly owing to the many German shoppers the city attracts. In the German border region, Venlo is in fact the most visited Dutch city.
For decades, Northern Limburg has provided an excellent connection between the Rotterdam/Antwerp route and the German Ruhr district. This is what makes the region the number one logistical hotspot in Europe. Venlo and the German Niederrhein region are furthermore the largest horticultural areas in Europe and hold a joint cross border auction.
Limburg has made large-scale investments in its knowledge economy. The Chemelot Campus and the Maastricht Health Campus are the great results of the bundling of specialist knowledge. All of this stems from the awareness that international knowledge institutions are intrinsically linked within the strength of a region.
Furthermore, Limburg is of the opinion that entrepreneurs should be able to stand out through their knowledge and that without knowledge there is no action or innovation. Knowledge therefore goes beyond the classroom: it serves society. Entrepreneurs can profit from this on an international level.