City of Genk

City of Genk

The city of Genk is the home of Thor.

With more than 65.000 inhabitants – of which 57.000 Belgian and 8.000 foreigners-  Genk is a dynamic entrepreneurial city, as well as Flanders’ 3rd most important industrial city. Genk is devoting much attention to sustainable jobs and welfare creation. The multicultural aspect is reinforced by the fact that 48% of the population is of non-Belgian origin.

 

  • Mayor: Wim Dries
  • Area: 8.785 ha
  • Languages: Dutch (Flemish) as mother language. Furthermore French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, Arabic, Greek, …
  • Business parks: 1.600 ha, economic and logistic gate for Flanders
  • Companies: 3.500 companies active in Genk of which 450 in business parks
  • Shops and catering: 440 shops and 161 catering
  • Employment: 33.000 of which 33.000 employed en 3.000 independents
  • Strengths
    • Pleasant environment with welcoming and open residents
    • Wide range of tourism and leisure offerings
    • Professional and accessible healthcare at hospital ZOL (Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg) as exponent
    • Universities and academies in close proximity