Key Information & Facts of Belgium

General Points to Know and Traveler's Information for Visiting

Updated: 5 September 2016.

General Info

Brussels

is the capital and largest city.

30,528

km2 (11,787 mi2) is its area.

11,239,755

is the population (2015 census).

Central European Time (UTC+1)

is the country’s time zone; summer is (DST) CEST (UTC+2).

Dutch, German & French

are the main languages spoken.

Latin

is the script used in the Dutch, French, and German alphabets in their respective languages.

Euro (€) (EUR)

is the national currency. Its sub-unit is called the cent. 100 cents = 1 euro.

+32

is the country’s calling (dialing) code.

'België' (in Dutch); 'Belgique' (in French); or 'Belgien' (in German)

are the endonyms for Belgium, the name that the Belgian locals call their country, in their own three languages.

Belgian

is the demonym for the people of this country. Don’t know what that is, or want to learn more?Read more about demonyms via this article »

BE

is the country’s 2-digit ISO country code.

For the Travelers

Right

is the side of the road they drive on.

Types C & E

is the country’s electricity adapter types, 230 V, 50 Hz, as defined by the IEC.Learn more about the different plug and socket types »

16

is the smoking age.

16

is the drinking age for beer & wine; 18 for spirits.

16

is the age of consent.

112

is the general emergency number.

Do I Need A Visa?

Find out the requirements over at VisaHQ » (aff. link)

Government & Identity

Charles Michel

is the prime minister.

King Philippe

is the monarch.

Federal Parliament

is the country’s legislating body.

'Brabançonne'

is the country’s national anthem.

Constitutional Monarchy

is the country’s form/structure of government.

'Strength through Unity'

is the country’s national motto. In:
Dutch: “Eendracht maakt macht
French: “L’union fait la force
Germany: “Einigkeit macht stark
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Key Cities & Regions

More coming soon!
Ghent

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