Utrecht Region wants all people in society to lead happy and healthy lives. It aims to achieve this mission by implementing innovative solutions for healthy living and encouraging cooperation between government, businesses, universities, hospitals and residents. A happy and healthy community attracts highly skilled professionals and innovators from all over the world in search of greener, smarter and healthier lives.
Utrecht Region is a living lab that focuses on generating solutions to how a rapidly expanding region might be successfully combined with good health, a flourishing economy and conservation of the green environment. Soon home to the largest energy storage facility in the Benelux, we succeed in combining rapid urbanisation and economic growth with Healthy Urban Living.
Walkable and bike friendly
The region’s cities, including Amersfoort and Utrecht, are pocket-sized metropolises. They are open, accessible and welcoming and can easily be explored by foot or bicycle. The city of Utrecht is ranked as the best cycling city in the world (Coya Global Bicycle Cities Index, 2019). ‘Cycling highways’ were constructed to accommodate the 100,000 cyclists who travel through the city every day. We encourage you to discover Utrecht Region by cycling, to experience the bike-friendly Dutch way of life.
Combining urban living and countryside idylls
Utrecht Region offers an ideal combination of lively cities, peaceful villages and rural scenery and provides great opportunities for sport and recreation. Its cities are historic, charming, compact and child friendly. They are also vibrant and burst with cultural events and festivals throughout the year. While Utrecht rests on ancient Roman foundations, its population is the youngest of any city in the Netherlands. As for Amersfoort, renowned business magazine Elsevier has repeatedly ranked it as the best Dutch city to live and work in (2015, 2016 and 2017).
Healthy people, healthy minds, healthy environment
Ingenious technologies in life sciences and sustainability are being developed at Utrecht Science Park, the largest science park in the Netherlands. Here, academic institutions, research centres and the private sector collaborate to create new solutions that help people live longer and healthier lives. Find out more about innovative solutions for healthy urban living