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About Belgium & Brussels

Belgium is a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance. The two largest regions of Belgium are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the mostly French-speaking southern part of the Wallonia region. Brussels is officially bilingual (French and Dutch) which is located at the Flemish Region.  High income economy, high quality of life, recognized healthcare and education systems makes this country a very developed one. Belgium is ranked high in the human development index as well. Belgium is bordered with France, Germany, Luxembourg and Netherlands. This country is home to a lot of conferences as well as political sittings. Great venues and facilities are specifically developed for these purposes. The level of international presence in Brussels is second only to New York, with around 120 international governmental organizations, 1,400 non-governmental organizations and 181 embassies employing 3,000 diplomats. Two interesting fact about this country which stands out is Belgium is leading exporter of billiard ball and it holds a world record of castles.

The modern, private enterprise economy of Belgium has capitalized to a great extent which is mainly due to its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base.  Services account for 74.9% of GDP, while agriculture accounts for only 1% of GDP.

What about Brussels the city famous amongst politicians and entrepreneurs?

Brussels has been the political capital of Europe since the end of the Second World War. The city is home to EU institutions, North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters, international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. It is also the capital of European Union and Belgium. Brussels was established as a city in the 13th century. An interesting thing about this vibrant city is that about 27 percent of the residents in Brussels are not Belgium citizens. This city is a major trader of Beer, waffles and chocolate. In addition to this, the largest agricultural, forestry and agri-food fair in Europe is held in Brussels. It is called Foire de Libramont. One of the oldest shopping arcades in Europe which is called the Galleries ST Hubert is located in Brussels. The Royal Palace of Brussels was built in similar neo-classical architectural design.The largest Freemason temple – The Great Temple at 79, Rue de Laekenis another highlight of this city. Furthermore, standing at 26.000 square meters, the justice palace in Brussels is the largest court in the world.

Belgium is home to many famous comic artists and the city of Brussels is paying tribute to some of our childhood heroes, like Tin Tin, Lucky Luke, Gaston, Gil Jourdan and Marsupilami. Nowadays more than 50 colorful mural paintings can be found around town, Brussels’ Comic Strip Route is a very fun way to discover the city.

Practical information for the visitors is that the airport of Brussels is only 12 KM from the city center, very easy to reach with both public and private transport. The metro in Brussels is quite clean and safe compared to most metro systems. There are 4 metro lines (1, 2, 5 and 6) and 3 “chrono” (fast) tram lines (3, 4 and 7). Single tickets, called Jump 1 cost €2.10 if pre-purchased.

Definitely worth buying a Brussels Card. You get free admission to over 30 museums and monuments, discounts at guided tours and even discounts at stores, restaurants and bars. The price for this practical card is only €22.

The climate is moderate. Mild winters and rainy summers. In the summer, maximum temperatures rarely reach 30ºC. From October onwards, temperatures can drop off quite fast. Snowfall is rare. Belgians do not share one common language. Three languages exist here: Dutch, French and English with French being the most common.

The Grand palace, old England Building, Notre Dame Du Sablon, Le Botanique which plays host to a range of performing arts, the famous MannekenPis, MuseeRoyaux Des Beaux Arts for some Art time, Cafe Belgawhich located at the heart of Place Flagey, are all inspiring sports to experience the local culture.

You can’t leave a country without trying the local food as in meat balls, muscles and the famous Carbonnadeà la flamandeor Stoofvlees and asparagus the Flemish style. As we all know this country is a chocolate kingdom,The Brussels’ International Airport is the largest chocolate selling point in the world leaving behind other cities also famous for their chocolate production.