Belgium

Belgium, officially known as the kingdom of Belgium is a state in western part of Europe. It is one of the founding members of the European Union and acts as a host to several international organizations that includes NATO and head quarters of European Union

 

Culturally, Belgium is a home to two main linguistic groups, the Dutch-speakers, mostly Flemish and the French-speakers with an additional small group of German speakers. Two of the largest regions of Belgium are the Dutch speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking region of Wallonia.

 

Location

 

This state covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and the estimated population is 10.8 million approximately. France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Netherlands surround Belgium and share its borders. There are three main geographical regions in Belgium – the coastal plain in north western part and the central plateau. These regions belong to Anglo-BelgiumBasin, the Ardennes uplands in the south eastern part of Hercynian orogenic belt. In the inland part of Belgium, lie a smooth and a slow rising beautiful landscape that is irrigated by several waterways with fertile valleys and north eastern sandy plain of the Campine.

 

Belgium has a very attractive wildlife. It has numerous wildlife reserves where there is an excellent collection of flora and fauna. One can also find different varieties of ducks such as Pochard, Gad wall and the Northen Shoveler. The wildlife reserves include The Blokkerdijk Nature Reserve and Kalmthoutse Heide which reed fringed lakes.

 

People

 

Belgium is a very friendly and peaceful state with no violence in any part of it.  It is well known for its quality Beer and dark chocolates, which is famous worldwide. People in this region are one of the most productive and hard working in the world. As per the German statistics of 1992, industrial production in Belgium was 20% higher than most of the other productive nations.

 

Events

 

From Belgium roller parade to art exhibitions, the calendar is full of vibrant and colorful events. People actively participate to make each event a success. One of such events is Skoda Jazz festival consisting of around 70 concerts held in 16 cities across Belgium.

 

Weather

 

Belgium is a small place as a country, quite similar to the Netherlands. The weather is little colder in winter and much warmer in summer than along the coast. The place experiences quite a lot of rain in the summer and there are frequent thunderstorms. The temperature being maritime with much precipitation in all seasons, average is lowest in the month of January at 3oc and highest in July at 18oc.

General
LanguageDutch, French, German
Time ZoneCET(UTC+1) summer CEST(UTC+2)
Dialing Code32
Electricity230V, 50Hz
Major CitiesBrussels, Antwerp, Arlon, Waterloo
CurrencyEuro
ClothingLight to warm clothes throughout the year, supplemented by heavier wear for winter months, rainwear at any time.
 Health Related
Mortality Rate10.5 deaths/ 1000 population
Life ExpectancyM 76/ F 79
Patient: Physician Ratio220:1
Hospitals JCI accredited1
Recommended InfectionsMMR, Tetanus-Diphtheria, Influenza
Possible InfectionsLyme disease, Q fever, Brucellosis
 Tourism Related
Population10,827,519
Global Competitiveness4.91
Tourism Competitiveness4.9/7
GDP/Capita$43,794
Health and Hygiene6.6/7
Safety and Security6.0/7
Air Transport Infrastructure4.3/7
Tourism Infrastructure4.2/7
Cultural Infrastructure5.9/7
Visa Requirements40/133
Reliability of Police Services28/133
Physician Density4/133
Hospital Beds32/133
Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure15/133
International Air Transport Network29/133
Quality of Roads11/133
Hotel Rooms44/133
Tourism Openness47/133
Attitude of Population Towards Foreign Visitors19/133

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