The City of Liege

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History, economy

(in French: Liège, in English: Liege, in Dutch: Luik, in German: Lüttich, in Italian: Liegi, in Walloon: Lîdge)


Liege is Belgium's fourth largest city, considering the number of inhabitants. The language spoken is French.


Although the oldest signs of a human settlement date back to 200,000 years B.C., the city of Liege actually began to exist and to grow in the Early Middle Ages. From 985 till 1794 it was the centre of an independent state: the prince-bishopric of Liege, nominally part of the Holy Roman Empire. After the French revolution, the territory of the current "province of Liege" became a French department till 1815 when it became part of the Netherlands, like the other Belgian provinces and Luxemburg. Since 1830 it is part of the Kingdom of Belgium.


The presence of coal mines boosted the industrial revolution and Liege and its surroundings have been an important steel-making centre since the beginning of the 19th century. The economy of the region is now mush more diversified (mechanical industries, aircraft and space technologies, information technology, ...). Logistics and transport activities are developing steadily (Liege airport, Liege river port, ...).

Useful links

Many signs of this rich history are still visible when walking in the city or visiting the numerous museums.


Tourist information will be included in the conference materials and made available at the registration desk. If you want to plan your stay in advance, here are some useful links for further reading:

The weather

The climate of Liege is described as "oceanic and temperate", which means that the weather conditions prevailing above the North Sea are often determining our local weather conditions. The great variability of the climate is also very characteristic: records show that some years, at the end of March, the temperature is as high as 20° Celsius but in some other years, it has been snowing for two weeks at the same period. We recommend you to consult your favorite online weather forecast service before leaving your country.

Current and historical conditions, short term forecasts: