Oostende is situated centrally on the Belgian coast and has 69.000 inhabitants. The town has a definite population: it is outspoken grey, there are 22 % single parent homes and 11,6 % of the population is unemployed. Both the average income and the average degree of education are low.

 At the 'City by the Sea', over five and a half miles of sandy beaches invites you to delightful sunbathing and a refreshing dip in the North Sea. After frolicking in the sun, take a walk down the promenade where you will find many shops, bars and restaurants.


The City Council is partner in the program through its Management of Cultural Affairs. Within the Management of Cultural Affairs the public library is a department which is involved in various actions on lifelong learning. The library is a basic service that offers citizens chances and opportunities to learn a whole life long, to be well informed and to discover and experience the richness of culture. Through the Zandletters project on digital literacy and e-culture, with a crossover between local educational, social and cultural partners, it has become a hub for community life.