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Full country name: Kingdom of Belgium
Population: 10,6 milion (2009 est.)
Capital City: Brussels
Language: French, Dutch
Religion: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%
Government: Federal democracy under a constitutional monarch, EU Member
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Dialling Code: 32
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Euro
Average yearly salary: USD 36,600

Budget: €5-8
Mid-range: €8-20
High: €20-60
Top: €60+
Budget: €15-40
Mid-range: €40-110
High: €110-180
Top: €180+

Geography: Belgium, a kingdom no bigger than Maryland, is Europe in a nutshell, multicultural and multilingual. Flanders in the north, a flatland criss-crossed by canals, is proud of its great art cities, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. To the south in Wallonia, you will find the rolling hills of the Ardennes, numerous castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur, and Tournai. Its capital city of Brussels is one of the world's great cosmopolitan cities, home to both the European Union and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and finance companies.

Much has been said about Belgium's hospitality and it's all true. Because of the country's location as an international center of commerce and culture, Belgians are at ease with travelers from all over the world. They are proud of their homeland, and anxious to help get to know it better. You'll find them always personable, cooperative and courteous. The Flemish speak Dutch and the Walloons speak French. In Brussels, the capital, both languages are spoken. But to make it easy, everybody speaks English, albeit with an accent.

Climate: Seasonal and similar to neighbouring countries, with warm weather from May to September and snow likely during winter months.

Recommended clothing: Waterproofs are advisable at all times of the year.

Social conventions: Belgians prefer to answer visitors in English rather than French. It is customary to bring flowers or a small present for the hostess if invited for a meal. Handshaking is the normal form of greeting. Smoking is allowed in cafes and bars, but only in designated areas.

Health: Free or reduced cost treatment is available when holding a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive insurance is recommended for non-European nationals.

Food & Drink: The most common and widely used ingredients of Belgian cuisine are: fish, game and potatoes. Almonds, spices and fresh herbs are are used for flavoring. Belgium is famous for its cheese production. The country has more than 165 different types of cheese, as well as very good mussels, frites and waffles. Deserts lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy the fine Belgium chocolate quality. Belgium has deep traditions of brewing. The tiny country has more than 100 breweries and produce about 450 different brews. Some of the brews are pilsners and some are local specialties of a region, city, or village.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Varies between Mar 25 & Apr 25 1st Monday after Easter Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 20 Ascension Day
May 30 Whit Sunday
May 31 Whit Monday
Jul 11* Flemish Community Holiday
Jul 21 Independence Day
Aug 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sep 27* French Community Holiday
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 11 Armistice Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Note : *Observed by the respective communities.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

Schools & colleges listing on Learn4Good:Location
Amira Language School, BrusselsBrussels, Belgium
Amira Language School, BruselasBrussels, Belgium
TalQ: French Immersion Programs, LiegeLiege, Belgium
Thema Language School, BrusselsBrussels, Belgium
Flanders Business School, AntwerpAntwerp, Belgium
Learning Dutch with Richard van EgdomBrussels, Belgium
Solvay Business School, BrusselsBrussels, Belgium
Centre d'Etude du Fran├žais, BrusselsBrussels, Belgium
Alliance Francaise De Bruxelles-EuropeBrussels, Belgium
Opencontext, BrusselsBrussels, Belgium
Un iota en plusOvifat, Belgium
Vlerick Leuven Gent Management SchoolGent, Belgium

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