Capital: Brussels Language: Dutch, French, German Currency: Euro
Belgium lies in the north-west of Europe boardered by the Netherlands, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
As well as having a strong multi-cultural past, Belgium remains a multilingual country with three national languages and distinct regions with their own identities. The terrain is broadly made up of flat coastal plains in northwest, rolling hills in the central areas and the rugged mountains of the Ardennes Forest in the southeast of the country.
Flanders in the north of the country which incorporates the cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges, is a flatland intersected by canalways and particularly known for its history of medieval art. Moving further south in Belgium is the region of Wallonia. Here the landscape is more of rolling hills and encompasses the cities of Liege, Narmu and Tournai as well as the famous Ardennes and many beautiful castles and stately houses. The city of Brussels is almost a region unto itself and has established itself as one of the dominant cities in Europe. As the home to both the European Union and NATO organisations, it has attracted a cosmopolitan population, accompanied by significant international trade and economic wealth.
Driving distance map of Belgium (click to enlarge)
Driving in Belgium
Motorway: 120 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 120 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h
Useful phone numbers in Belgium
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance and fire brigade 100, EU wide emergency line 112, police 101, roadside assistance 070 34 47 77
Some useful phrases
Bonjour (hello in Flemish/French), Dag/au revoir (goodbye), Dank u/merci (thank you) hoe veel kost het/c’est combien? (how much is it?)