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Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

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Belgium Tourism Information…

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The Best of Belgium…

Flanders
Wallonia

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Antwerp Grote Markt
    Bastogne
    Boullion Castle
    Bruges Old Town & Belfry
    Church of the Holy Blood
    Brussels Atomium
    Grand Place

    Ghent Gravensteen
    Old Town
    St. Peter’s Church & Stadhuis-Leuven
    Mechelen
    Mons Old Town
    Meuse Valley-Namur
    Semois Valley
    Tournai Cathedral
    Flanders Battlefields-Ypres
 

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Belgium Country Information…

Capital:

Brussels

Largest City:

Brussels

Government:

Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

30,510km² – ranked 140th water: 6.4%

Climate:

Temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers

Population:

11,409,077 (July 2016 est.) ranked 78th

Language:

Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%

Ethnic Groups:

Flemish 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

Religion:

Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%

Electricity:

230V, 50Hz (European plug C,E)

Telephone Code:

+32

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112 (mobile) / 101

Internet TLD:

.be

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

The Brabançonne

Motto:

“Eendracht maakt macht” (Dutch) “L’union fait la force” (French) “Einigkeit macht stark” (German)” Strength through Unity”

Monarch:

King Philippe

Prime Minister:

Alexander De Croo

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Holidays and Observances in Belgium in 2021…

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Jan 6WednesdayEpiphanyObservance 
Feb 14SundayValentine’s DayObservance 
Mar 20SaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 28SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 2FridayGood FridayBank holiday 
Apr 4SundayEaster SundayNational holiday 
Apr 5MondayEaster MondayNational holiday 
May 1SaturdayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday 
May 8SaturdayIris DayRegional government holidayBrussels
May 13ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday 
May 14FridayDay after Ascension DayBank holiday 
May 23SundayWhit SundayNational holiday 
May 24MondayWhit MondayNational holiday 
Jun 21MondayJune SolsticeSeason 
Jul 11SundayDay of the Flemish CommunityRegional government holidayAntwerp, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant, Limburg, West Flanders
Jul 21WednesdayBelgian National DayNational holiday 
Aug 15SundayAssumption of MaryNational holiday 
Sep 19SundayDay of the Walloon RegionRegional government holidayNamur
Sep 22WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Sep 27MondayDay of the French CommunityRegional government holidayHainaut, Liège, Luxembourg, Namur, Walloon Brabant
Oct 31SundayHalloweenObservance 
Oct 31SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Nov 1MondayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday 
Nov 11ThursdayArmistice DayNational holiday 
Nov 15MondayDay of the German-speaking CommunityRegional government holidayLiège*
Dec 6MondaySt. Nicholas DayObservance 
Dec 21TuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveObservance 
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayNational holiday 
Dec 26SundayBoxing DayBank holiday 
Dec 31FridayNew Year’s EveObservance