Officially the Kingdom of Belgium, this federal state in Western Europe is a founding member of the European Union and houses the EU’s headquarters, as well as those of several other major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium is bordered by France to the south, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast and the Netherlands to the north. It has 37 miles of coastline on the North Sea, to the northwest of the country. The national landscape is varied, with the rivers and gorges of the Ardennes region in the southeast contrasting sharply with the rolling plains, which make up much of the northern and western countryside.
Belgium’s main exports include manufactured goods, chemicals, finished diamonds, metal, and food. Its main imports are machinery and equipment, chemicals, vehicles, metals, and raw diamonds. Its main trade partners are Germany, The Netherlands, France, the UK, and the USA. Suits should generally be worn and business is conducted on a formal basis, with punctuality valued and business cards exchanged. There is a variety of office space to be found in the urban areas of Belgium.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Belgian cuisine is similar to French, based on game and seafood. National specialties include Moules frites (Mussels and chips / fries), and Endives with Béchamel sauce. There are over 400 beers brewed in Belgium, ranging from lagers and pilsners through to Lambic (made from wheat and barley), white and fruit beers, to Trappist monastery beers – not to mention the many great bars to sit in and drink a few. Belgium boasts a higher density of castles per square mile than anywhere else. The castles themselves, which range from manor houses to mighty fortresses, are found across the entire country.
Internal Travel - As Belgium is such a small country, there are no internal flights. Belgium’s waterways offer a great way to enjoy the country, whether it is on a one-hour canal cruise or an extended voyage between major cities. Belgian National Railways (NMBS/SNCB) operate a comprehensive railway network with regular trains on most lines. Main towns are connected by toll-free motorways. By car, motorways are designated by a white ‘E’ on green signs, other trunk roads by the prefix ‘N,’ and minor roads by a ‘P.’ Traffic drives on the right.