riigi kood: BE
keeles: Hollandi, Prantsuse
ELi liikmeks: jah
NATO liikmeks: jah
GPS: 50 50 N, 4 00 E
Euroopa Liidu euro: EUR
1EUR = 1.2656 USD
Travel nõuandeid ja hoiatusi Belgia
||Tourism in Belgium is one of Belgium's industries, and its accessibility from elsewhere in Europe still makes it a popular tourist destination. The tourist industry generates 2. 8% of Belgium's Gross Domestic Product and employs 3. 3% of the working population (142, 000 people). 6. 7 million people travelled to Belgium in 2005. Two thirds of them come from the larger nearby countries - France, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany.
||The culture of Belgium comes into shape through the customs and traditions of a population consisting of people from different ethnic groups. The French speakers from Brussels and Flemish from Flanders together give color to the distinct Belgian culture. The country of Belgium has a rich artistic legacy which is evident in its architecture as well as the world class museums spread across the country. The Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp is one of the most important museums of the region. The Groeninge Museum in Bruges and Plantin Moretus in Antwerp are other important museums showcasing the true legacy of arts in Belgium.
||Belgium has been called a nation of gourmands rather than gourmets: a country, in other words, where "big cuisine" comes before "fine cuisine". It has been said that Belgium serves food of French quality in German quantities
||Belgium is subjected to a temperate climate from the coastal regions inland to about Brussels. Towards the ardennes the climate becomes more continental, with colder winters and warm summers. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year. Snowfalls are also frequent. The average daily temperatures range between 4 degrees in winter and 22 degrees in the summer.
Clothing: Medium weight clothing all year, with a jacket or pullover for the cooler summer evenings. Waterproof clothing is useful at any time of year. Men are requested to wear a jacket in most good restaurants. Heavier clothings is advisable in the winter months.
||The Kingdom of Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. A number of non-official, minority languages and dialects are spoken as well.
||In Brussels, there are numerous department stores and big shopping centres offering various goods, from fashionable clothes to delicious chocolate and fine wine. One of the oldest malls in the city, Innovation, is situated at the main shopping artery, Avenue Louise. Another large shopping gallery is located on nearby Avenue de la Toison D'Or. There, you’ll find luxury boutiques by such famous designers as Laura Ashley and Kenzo. Another fashion district goes through the Boulevard de Waterloo, which shows the latest trends from the catwalk with such noble names as Armani, Chanel, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Last but not least is the famous store Maison Delvaux, creating the finest leather goods for the Belgian royal family. This luxury shop is one of the oldest and most reputed boutiques in Brussels.
||Living costs depend a lot on your lifestyle and on the city you live in. As goes for most places: big cities will be more expensive than rural areas. Here you will find out what life as a student will cost you
||he franc (Dutch: frank, French: franc, German: Franken) was the currency of Belgium until 2002 when the euro was introduced into circulation. It was subdivided into 100 centiem (Dutch), centimes (French) or Centime (German).
|Food and drink
||Belgian chefs may be influenced by the French, but they add their own special touches. Native specialties in Wallonia include jambon d'Ardenne (ham from the hills and valleys of the Ardennes) and savory boudin de Liège (a succulent sausage mixed with herbs). Almost every menu lists tomates aux crevettes (tomatoes stuffed with tiny, delicately sweet North Sea shrimps and light, homemade mayonnaise), which is filling enough for a light lunch and delicious as an appetizer. A special treat awaits visitors in May and June in the form of Belgian asparagus, and from October to March there's endive, which is known in Belgium as witloof (white leaf).
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