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About Belgium

 

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU’s headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi) and has a population of about 11 million people.
1. Capital : City of Brussels, Brussels
2. Continent: Europe
3. National anthem: Brabançonne
4. Population: 11.14 million (2012) World Bank
5. Official languages: French, Dutch Language, German Language
6. Currency : Euro
7. Climate : Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters.

From the gorgeous beach resorts of the North Sea coastline or the scenic Ardennes covered by cliffs to the dense woods in the southern part of the country – Belgium has many choices.The flat plains in lower Belgium are criss-crossed by a huge network of canals, lined by trees and greenery all the way. The green expanse of the rolling Bruegel country is punctuated by rocky caves and ravines and make for some exciting exploring and hiking expeditions.The two chief rivers of Belgium are the Scheld and the Meuse, both rising in neighbouring France.

How To Reach Belgium

How to get to Belgium By Air
Brussels and Antwerp are the two international airports in Belgium. Zaventem airport, 12 miles north of Brussels, is served by many world carriers including the national airlines, as is Duerne airport, which is 3 miles southeast of Antwerp.

How to get to Belgium by Rail and Roads
The national railway, Belgium Railways, has several and regular international routes.The central stops are at Brussels, with three main train stations, which connect it to the rest of the country. As many as 10 Eurostar trains come in to Brussel’s Gare du Midi station from London every day. Classes range from business to economy, so make your choices according to your budget. If you’re willing to spend a little extra, traveling on the high-speed TGV rail networks – France’s Trains a grand vitesse (literally meaning “trains of great speed”) – is highly recommended.

Events
Belgium is big on festivals and special events – everything from religious processions through to cinema, fairs and contemporary music binges. These are spread right throughout the year, though as you might expect, most tourist-oriented events and festivals take place in the summer.Most uniquely, there is Stavelot’s carnival, where the streets are overtaken by so-called Blancs Moussis,

Tourist Attractions
This country probably has more to do per square mile than most other places on earth. And best of all for the traveler, it’s a comparatively easy place to get around and English is widely spoken.

Visit Brussels, the self-proclaimed “Capital of Europe” that is the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. Surely wander around the magnificent Grande Place, but also see such great museums as the Magritte, dedicated to Belgium’s famous surrealist painter. Cruise the canals of popular Bruges and Ghent, but also be sure to visit such treasures as Liege, Spa (luring spa-goers since the 14thcentury) and historic Bastogne, made famous by the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.