Essential Info for Belgium
Official 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.