Belgium

Belgium Overview

Belgium is a small country at the crossroads of north-western Europe. The country borders three important trading nations France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Belgium’s central location in Europe has brought it prosperity through trade with its neighbours.

Belgium has two main ethnic groups, the Dutch-speaking people called Flemings, who live in the north, and the French-speaking people called Walloons, who live in the south.

Belgium is an international centre of economic and political activity. A number of international organizations have headquarters in Brussels, including the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

CLIMATE

Belgium has a rainy climate with cool summers and mild winters. West winds blowing in from the sea bring the country much moisture and moderate temperatures. In Brussels, the temperature averages 35° F (2° C) in January and 64° F (18° C) in July. The temperature varies less along the coast and more in the Ardennes.

Snowfalls are common throughout the country, but snow seldom lasts long on the ground except in the Ardennes.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Brussels
POPULATION: 10.4 million
LANGUAGE: Dutch, French and German
CURRENCY: Euro
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +32
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1