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Belgium

Belgium
  • Capital

    Capital

    Brussels

  • Local time

    Local time

    17:19

  • Population

    Population

    11.4 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +32

  • Currency

    Currency

    € EUR (euro)

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Belgium

Belgium
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Brussels

  • Local time

    Local time

    17:19

  • Population

    Population

    11.4 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +32

  • Currency

    Currency

    € EUR (euro)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 3 963

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.90 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    847mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    30 510 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    23%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    23%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    43%

  • Railways

    Railways

    3607km

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    12.55 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    Fleming - 58 %
    Walloon - 31 %
    other - 11 %

  • Religion

    Religion

    Roman Catholic - 75 %
    Protestant or other - 25 %

  • Languages

    Languages

    Dutch - 60 %
    French - 40 %
    German - 1 %

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    36 350

  • Murders

    Murders

    2 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    10.8 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    26.5%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    5.1%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    9 per 100k

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco, beef, veal, pork, milk

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    construction materials, silica sand, carbonates

  • Energy Import

    Energy Import

    76%

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    construction materials, silica sand, carbonates

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    9%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    93 351kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    52 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    93

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What not to do when visiting Belgium

1/15
Marker Belgium
Street & Behavioral

Don't snap your fingers to get someone's attention - it's taken as insult.

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2/15
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Business & Communication

Don't forget on a degree of formality when greeting. A brief handshake is typical among people who don't know each other. Once a relationship is developed, three kisses on the cheek may replace handshake - this is more kissing of the air near person's cheek, starting with left and alternating. Men never kiss other men, always shake hands.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't hide your face largely or entirely - people wearing such clothing (e.g. the burka and nikab) risk a fine. There's no exemption for tourists.

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Did you know

Did you know?

French fries are originally from Belgium.

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Business & Communication

Don't be late for the appointments - it demonstrates respect.

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5/15
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Street & Behavioral

Don't forget to wait for your host to tell you where to sit. Women take their seats before men.

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6/15
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Street & Behavioral

Don't leave food on the plate when finished - try to finish everything on the plate. Opposite may be seen as rude or wasteful.

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7/15
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Street & Behavioral

Don't be surprised by many cyclists in traffic - bicycling is very common and often use for transportation. Don't block the bike lanes.

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8/15
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Social Events

Don't arrive empty-handed when invited to someone's home - bring flowers or good quality chocolate for the hostess.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Belgium’s most famous statue is called Manneken Pis, a sculpture of a little boy peeing into a fountain.

9/15
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Social Events

Don't give chrysanthemums (sign of death) and don't give even number of flowers or 13. Gifts are open when received.

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10/15
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Street & Behavioral

Don't block the bike lanes and don't step into it.

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11/15
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Business & Communication

Don’t forget to handshake when greeting (men). Women usually greet with light kisses on both cheeks (”air kisses” where you just touch cheeks and kiss the air), a handshake is common on first meeting. Eye contact is important.

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12/15
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Business & Communication

Don't smack or slurp - it's not appreciated.

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Business & Communication

Don't avoid eye contact business and personal conversations. It's a sign of courtesy.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't enter buses, trains or similar before everyone who wants to get out has done so.

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Don't forget to wear reflectors when riding a bike or walking at dark.

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