Essential Info for Belgium

Berlgian flagOfficial name: Kingdom of Belgium
 
Population: About 11 million
 
Capital city: Brussels (also largest city)
 
Other major cities: Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Bruge and Liège
 
Neighbouring countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
 
Geography: Belgium is a small Western European country made up of three main geographic regions: the northwest coastal plain, the central plateau and the Ardennes, which is a heavily forested, rocky plateau. The country has a rather flat landscape, with few natural lakes, but consists of many artificial waterways and canals.
 
Political system: Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
 
Main languages: Dutch, French, German, English (tourist centres and business)
 
Major religions: Catholicism is the most widespread religion, with Atheism, Islam and Protestantism making up a smaller demographic.
 
Currency: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency and is divided into 100 cents
 
Time: GMT +1 (+2 from the end of March to the end of October)
 
Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs with receptacle and male grounding pin are used.
 
International dialling code: +32

Internet domain: .be

Emergency number: 112
 
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right hand side of the road. The country has an excellent public transport system and expats can generally get by without having to own a car.

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