Belgium at a glance
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Belgium in a nutshell
Kingdom of Belgium
Capital city
Government &
Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary system
Dutch 60%, French 39% and German 1%
30.528 km2
60% Flanders and 40% Wallonia (2017)
Roman Catholic 57%
6 other religions 15%
non-religious 28%
€ (Euro)
A country of regions
Belgium is a federal state made up of three Communities
(the Flemish, the French and the German speaking Community)
and three Regions (the Flemish, the Walloon and the Brussels Capital Region).

There is a federal government and a federal Parliament.
The Communities' powers relate to education, culture, health policy, etc. The Regions have powers over public works, agriculture, employment, the environment, etc.
Antwerp - Central station
Brussels - Atomium
Gent - Historical city centre
Brussels - Manneken Pis
Bruges - Evening scene
Brussels - European Commission
Antwerp - MAS museum
Brussels - Royal Palace
The Belgian Monarchy
Belgium is a constitutional monarchy.
King Philippe, the current monarch, is the seventh King of the Belgians.
The King has no political power although he often consults with government ministers. The King and Queen represent Belgium abroad (state visits, economic missions and international meetings).
Touristic places
The art cities of Gent, Brugge, Antwerpen and Brussels attract tourists for their historic buildings,
beguinages, architecture and museums. Especially the Art Nouveau by Horta, among others, is unique.
Typical attractions for tourists in Brussels are the Atomium - that is left over from
Expo 58 - and Manneke Pis. The coast attracts bathers for the beach, the sea and bike rides.
In Limburg, the first Flemish National Park was opened in 2006, as more and more tourists
discover cycling and walking. The Ardennes attract tourists for hikes, rock climbing
and descents of mountain streams with kayaks and cross-country skiing in winter.
Belgium, home of the creative
A country of sport legends
Cycling is one of the country's most favorite participation sports, and its popularity is demonstrated by classics like Tour of Flanders, Gent-Wevelgem and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Another very popular sport is football. Many of the members of the men's Belgian national team 'Red Devils' like Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, … play at top clubs abroad.

Belgium is also at the top in hockey, judo, billiards, tennis and cyclocross.

Last but not least, Belgium is well known to fans of Formula 1 for its Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, generally considered to be the most attractive Formula 1 racetrack in the world.
International hub for goods and
passengers transport
Belgium has an extensive road network of motorways and express roads.
The port of Antwerp is the second largest in Europe.
The port of Brugge-Zeebrugge and Gent are also important goods ports.
Zeebrugge is the most important Belgian fishing port.
There are civil airports at Brussels, Charleroi, Antwerp, Liège and Oostende.

In the heart of Europe
The European Union is part of Belgians' everyday life in many ways.
A number of European institutions, for instance the European Commission
(which has its headquarters in the Berlaymont Building) and the European Council
(housed in the Justus Lipsius Building), employing thousands of European civil servants,
are based in Brussels – which is therefore often called 'the capital of Europe'.

Belgium has always worked to widen and deepen European integration,
and Belgian politicians have played a crucial role in the development of the European Union.
All of this means that Europe is very close to Belgians' hearts.

Ukrainians and Russian speaking
people in Belgium
+ 5,000
Russian speaking
+ 25,000
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