Introduction

Belgium is a country on the border between Germanic and Romanian Europe, and it is something that provides interesting and diverse experiences within short distances. The Flemish North and the Walloon South are complemented by a German-speaking minority to the east.

Many get their first impressions of Belgium in Brussels, the European Union's primary administrative city. The Belgian capital is home to well-known EU buildings and also offers world famous sights such as Manneken Pis and Grote Markt/Grand Place where old houses stand picturesquely in the heart of the city.

The Flemish cultural and commercial cities with Antwerp, Ghent and Brugge at the forefront are all some that offer magnificent buildings and an unforgettable atmosphere. Flemish masters have adorned countless churches, and the canals and trading houses of the cities make their mark to make the destinations worth a visit.

Belgium is also the country known for chocolate, french fries and good beer. Everywhere it is possible to taste the culinary delights of the country, and in the French-speaking cities of the country, the café culture and inspiration from neighboring France is evident.

Biggest cities
  • Brussels: 1,789,447
  • Antwerp: 940,671
  • Liège: 633,934
  • Ghent: 416,493
  • Charleroi: 403,868
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • Date varies: Easter Day
  • Date varies: Easter Monday
  • May 1: May 1 celebrations
  • Date varies: Ascension Day
  • Date varies: Pentecost
  • Date varies: Whit Monday
  • July 21: National Day
  • August 15: Assumption Day
  • November 1: All Saints Day
  • November 11: Armistice Day
  • December 25: Christmas Day
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Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium

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Practical info
  • Official name: Kingdom of Belgium / Kingdom of Belgium / Royaume de Belgique / Königreich Belgium
  • Capital: Brussels / Brussels / Brussels
  • National anthem: Brabançonne
  • Languages: Flemish (55%), French (36%) and German (0.4%)
  • Population (2018): 11,420,163
  • Primary Religion: Christianity
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .be
  • Phone code: +32
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC + 1)
  • Power and plugs: 230 V / 50 Hz, plug type C, E
Geography
  • Area: 30,528 km² / 11,787 sq mi
  • Highest point: Signal de Botrange 694 m / 2,277 feet
  • Longest river: Maas / Meuse 925 km / 575 mi
  • Largest lake: Lac de l'Eau d'Heure 6.2 km² / 2.4 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Netherlands, North Sea. South: Luxembourg. East: Germany. West: France.
Celebrities
  • Charles Martel: Statesman, 686-741
  • Karl the Great: King, 742-814
  • Jan van Eyck: Art painter, 1390-1441
  • Karl V: King, 1500-1558
  • Breughel the Elder: Art Painter, 1525-1569
  • Breughel the Younger: Art Painter, 1564-1638
  • Peter Paul Rubens: Art Painter, 1577-1640
  • Anthony van Dyck: Art Painter, 1599-1641
  • Leopold I: King, 1790-1865
  • Leopold II: King, 1835-1909
  • Victor Horta: Architect, 1861-1947
  • Albert I: King, 1875-1934
  • Leopold III: King, 1901-1983
  • Georges Remi Hergé: Comic Book Writer, 1907-1983
  • Toots Thielemans: Musician, 1922-2016
  • Audrey Hepburn: Actor, 1929-1993
  • Baudouin I: King, 1930-1993
  • Albert II: King, 1934-
  • Eddy Merckx: Bicycle Rider, 1945-
  • Jan Ceulemans: Football Player, 1957-
  • Jean-Claude van Damme: Actor, 1960-
  • Kim Gevaert: Runner, 1978-
  • Justine Henin: Tennis Player, 1982-
  • Kim Clijsters: Tennis Player, 1983-
  • Stromae: Musician, 1985-