Is Belgium a welcoming country for female entrepreneurs?

There are innumerous prejudices involved in a woman’s world – granted, many of those are changing, albeit stubbornly slowly. In many countries it is not the general rule anymore that women stay at home or stop their careers to take care of children. Salary equality can already be seen in some companies, and industries are not dominated by one gender anymore.

One of the fields where woman started being more and more present in recent years is entrepreneurship. According to research conducted by Inc. magazine, 18% of American startups were founded by a woman, and there are around nine million women-owned companies in the United States (which, despite the big number, represents only 28,8% of all businesses in the North American country).

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Is Belgium a welcoming country?

Given the fact that this is a disturbingly subjective question, the best way to give an impartial answer would be to present some statistics. There is indeed a list out there ranking the most welcoming countries, released by the World Economic Forum on 2013 (done during the two previous years), and not updated since. So maybe reality has changed since then. But based on their results, it is possible to say that yes, Belgium is a welcoming country… just not the most one.

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