Living in Belgium guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Belgium with the expat guide

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Belgium

Opening a bank account in Belgium

Any foreigner can open a bank account in Belgium. Here is how to proceed.

The health system in Belgium

Health care is a priority, especially when we expatriate to a foreign country. Here is how to take care of your health in Belgium.

Post-COVID-19 changes in Belgium

Even though things seem to have gone back to normal in Belgium, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about a lot of changes. If ...

Working in Belgium

How to apply for jobs in Belgium? Expat.com gives you advice on the process.

International schools in Belgium

This article details all the international schools in which you can enrol your children in Belgium.

Adjusting to the local culture in Brussels

As it is such a vibrant and diverse city, it should come as no surprise to learn that Brussels is home to lots of different ...

The networking etiquette in Brussels

While it may be small in comparison with other capital cities, Brussels certainly punches above its weight when it comes to ...

Student life in Brussels

When studying abroad, it's always a bit hard to know in advance exactly what it will be like. As such, it's well worth ...

Developing your professional network in Brussels

As lots of people move to Brussels to advance their career, it is no surprise that most people in the city are looking to develop ...

How to develop a social network in Brussels

As Brussels is home to such an international crowd, there are loads of ways that newcomers to the city can make friends and ...

Universities in Brussels

Brussels is a great city to live and work in, and consequently, it also has a lot to offer prospective students whether that is ...

The labour market in Brussels

In addition to the European Union and NATO which are based in the city, Brussels has numerous other sectors which offer up ...

The Work Environment in Brussels

Brussels, like most places, has its own unique work culture and this can come as a bit of a shock to expats if you're not ...

Discover Brussels

One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Brussels is regularly ranked among the best places to live for expats, and ...

Sports activities in Brussels

On any day of the week, Brussels is full of people taking part in their favourite sports, and there are loads of clubs and ...

About Belgium

Surrounded by Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France, Belgium is a federal state deemed to be one of the European Union's main pillars. Stretching over some 30,328 km2, it is smaller than many neighboring countries. But its population amounts to some 12 million inhabitants. It is known to be one of the region's most prosperous countries. Brussels, its capital city and economic hub is as famous.

Belgium consists of three regions, namely Brussels, Wallonia and the Flemish region. Hence, these regions inhabitants speak different languages: French, German and Dutch.

Good to know:

The country consists of 589 municipalities, including Anderlecht which is found in the southwest of Brussels, Antwerp which is found in the Flemish region, Bruges which is found in the Flemish region, Brussels, the capital city, Charleroi and Dinant which are located in the Walloon Region, and Liege which Wallonia's capital city. Namur, for its part, is the capital city of the province bearing the same name.

European Union

Apart from being one of the European Union's focal points, Belgium also hosts many important European institutions. In fact, Brussels has unofficially become the European Union's capital city due to the important meetings which are held there, as well as for important decisions which are taken there. For instance:

  • the European Commission, which is found in Berlaymont, has a monopoly on initiatives regarding European legislation
  • the European Union Council in Brussels is the European Union's real decision-making body
  • the Economic and Social Committee in Brussels is the advisory body where European economic and social partners regularly meet
  • the Regions Committee which is found in Brussels is a consultative body representing local authorities in Europe.

Note that Brussels, as a quintessential European capital city, also chairs on the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), the European Defense Agency (EDA), the of the Trans-European Transport Executive Agency (EASTR-T) network, the Competitiveness, Innovation, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, the Education Executive Agency, the Fisheries Community Control Agency the Executive Agency for Research (REA), the European Council Research Executive Agency.

Climate

Belgium has a temperate marine climate. Temperatures are quite pleasant in summer, reaching up to 20 °C against 5 °C in winter. However, the South, Wallonia in particular, enjoys an ideal climate for hiking and trekking. Liege, for its part, is surrounded by diverse landscapes, including forests and hills.

Gastronomy

Belgium is world-famous for its mussels, chips, beer, waffles, gingerbread, as well as for its rich and modern gastronomy which varies from one region to another. Over the years, Belgium has managed to export some of its specialties, but tourists and newcomers can expect many surprises. You are likely to find restaurant and cafes almost everywhere in Belgian cities as in rural regions.

Humor

You will be pleasantly surprised by Belgians' great sense of humor which is complementary to their friendliness and hospitality. You will definitely meet nice people in Belgium, especially if you have decided to settle in Brussels or Wallonia.

Culture

From modern art to cartoons, you will be exposed to a great cultural opening in Belgium. The country also has a rich historical and cultural heritage which you will be able to discover when settling there.

Useful links:

Expat.com - Belgium
Belgium ' Official Information and Services www.belgium.be
Europa - the EU institutions europa.eu

Quick Information

Capital : Brussels
Official Languages : Dutch; Flemish , French , German
Currency : Euro
Area : 30510 Km2
Population : 10403000
Calling Code : +32
Timezone : Europe/Brussels

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