Utrecht Region has made it its mission to make a happy and healthy life accessible to everyone. Cooperation between government, businesses, academia, hospitals and residents fosters research and the implementation of innovative solutions for healthy urban living. The result is a happy and healthy community that attracts talented professionals and innovators from all over the world in search of greener, smarter and healthier lives.

Combining rapid urbanisation and economic growth with healthy urban living

Utrecht Region is a living lab, designed to generate solutions to the problem of how a rapidly expanding region might successfully combine good health, a flourishing economy and conservation of the green living environment.

Walkable & bike-friendly

The region’s cities such as Amersfoort and Utrecht are pocket-size metropolises: open, accessible and welcoming. They can easily be explored by foot or by bicycle. Utrecht City has been ranked as the best cycling city in the world (Coya Global Bicycle Cities Index, 2019). ‘Cycling highways’ have been built to accommodate the 100,000 cyclists that bike through the city every day. We invite you to discover Utrecht Region by bike and experience the Dutch way of life.

  • Utrecht Central Station has the largest indoor bicycle parking facility in the world, housing 12,500 bicycles. Innovative software directs cyclists to available parking spaces.

Combining urban lifestyle and countryside idylls

Utrecht Region offers an ideal combination of lively cities, peaceful villages, rural scenery and excellent opportunities for sport and recreation. Its cities are vibrant and historic, bursting with cultural events and festivals while being charming, compact and child-friendly. Utrecht rests on ancient Roman foundations, while its population is the youngest of any city in the Netherlands. Renowned business magazine Elsevier has repeatedly ranked Amersfoort as the best Dutch city to live and work in (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Healthy people, healthy minds, healthy environment

New technologies in life sciences and sustainability are being developed at Utrecht Science Park, the largest science park in the Netherlands. Here, academic institutes, research centres and companies all collaborate to develop new solutions that enable people to live longer and healthier lives.

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Why Utrecht Region


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