Limburg + metamorphosis = Brightlands

Limburg, a region located at the heart of Europe, is undergoing a metamorphosis. Limburg is building a knowledge-driven economy based on world-calibre expertise in four areas: smart materials, regenerative and precision medicine, data mining for smart services, and food and food safety. It is doing this under the name ‘Brightlands’ – a name that stands for an ambitious community. Limburg’s efforts are contributing tangibly to the growth of the Dutch economy. It is helping to make the Netherlands bigger and stronger.

The secret of success

Brightlands is taking Limburg to the global level. What’s the secret of its success? In Limburg, government, businesses and education have joined forces. Together, these three partners are investing billions in the regional knowledge economy by promoting focus and mass. Limburg has a natural advantage in that respect: it is situated in a European knowledge hub and links campuses in Aachen (D), Eindhoven and Wageningen (NL), and Leuven and Liège (B). That is the rationale behind Brightlands. Limburg’s international outlook also makes it an attractive place to live, work and spend leisure time. Thanks to its good infrastructure, it also has outstanding links to the rest of the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

Of all the Dutch provinces, Limburg sells the most industrial land, especially large-scale sites of ten hectares or more. Unsurprisingly, it is also at the top of the rankings when it comes to logistics. The region is situated precisely on the Rotterdam-Venlo-Ruhr-southern Germany axis.

Limburg’s DNA: knowledge, logistics, manufacturing, tourism

Limburg is moving ahead with urban development plans for Venlo, Roermond, Weert, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen-Parkstad (the IBA approach). And then there’s Maastricht. Limburg’s capital is presenting itself as a European centre of culture and knowledge, but also as an ideal venue for conferences and exhibitions, including the international TEFAF art and antiques fair, or (for example this year) world conferences on archaeology and neuromodulation

Limburg is in the race for big science – the Einstein Telescope. The billions of euros being invested in this gravitational wave detector will not only make the Netherlands, but all of Europe greater.

Province Limburg

Address: P.O. Box 5700, 6202 MA Maastricht
Visiting address: Limburglaan 10, 6229 GA Maastricht
Country: The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)43 389 78 19