Living in Belgium guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Belgium.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Belgium

The Working Holiday Visa for Belgium

Energetic and carefree, Belgium is undeniably a country that welcomes foreigners warmly. But above all, Belgium is a country ...

Things to do in Brussels with a crowd or alone

When you move to a new place, it's always nice to find things to do with both your friends and solo. This can help you get ...

Renting options in Brussels

Are you staying in Belgium short-term? Or do you just not have the funds to buy a property outright? Then you might be looking ...

Accommodation in Belgium

If you've decided to expatriate to Belgium, housing is going to be the first thing to do on your list. Here's how to find ...

Buying a property in Belgium

The real estate in Belgium has the reputation of being fairly cheaper than its neighbours. We'll give you some useful advice on ...

Accommodation in Antwerp

Antwerp is a city with many aspects that welcomes foreigners from all around the world. We'll give you some advice on how to find ...

Accommodation in Charleroi

Charleroi is a major hotspot in Belgium. It's the third most populated city in the country and it attracts many expats.

Accommodation in Leuven

Leuven is home to a lot of students but also attracts expats because of the companies implemented there. So, where to find ...

Accommodation in Namur

Upon moving to Namur, expats need to find accommodation. Here's where to look.

Accommodation in Liège

Liège is one of the many French-speaking cities in Belgium. It's also the capital city of the Wallonia region. Here's ...

Lifestyle in Belgium

Belgium is a diverse country that's very friendly with newcomers. What about its traditions, festivities, and lifestyle? This ...

Useful contacts in Belgium

Here's a list of all the useful contacts once settled in Belgium. helps you organize your expat daily life.

Environment and Ecology in Belgium

Belgium puts a lot of effort into preserving the environment and the ecological state of its country. Laws and concepts in place ...

Relocating to Belgium

If you're thinking about moving to Belgium, you need to plan ahead. Professional movers can be beneficial in your move.

Moving to Belgium with your pet

If you're moving to Belgium and you've got a pet, you probably want to take them with you. Here are the rules that apply when ...

About Belgium

Surrounded by Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France, Belgium is a federal state deemed to be one of the European Union's main pillars. Stretching over some 30,328 km2, it is smaller than many neighboring countries. But its population amounts to some 12 million inhabitants. It is known to be one of the region's most prosperous countries. Brussels, its capital city and economic hub is as famous.

Belgium consists of three regions, namely Brussels, Wallonia and the Flemish region. Hence, these regions inhabitants speak different languages: French, German and Dutch.

Good to know:

The country consists of 589 municipalities, including Anderlecht which is found in the southwest of Brussels, Antwerp which is found in the Flemish region, Bruges which is found in the Flemish region, Brussels, the capital city, Charleroi and Dinant which are located in the Walloon Region, and Liege which Wallonia's capital city. Namur, for its part, is the capital city of the province bearing the same name.

European Union

Apart from being one of the European Union's focal points, Belgium also hosts many important European institutions. In fact, Brussels has unofficially become the European Union's capital city due to the important meetings which are held there, as well as for important decisions which are taken there. For instance:

  • the European Commission, which is found in Berlaymont, has a monopoly on initiatives regarding European legislation
  • the European Union Council in Brussels is the European Union's real decision-making body
  • the Economic and Social Committee in Brussels is the advisory body where European economic and social partners regularly meet
  • the Regions Committee which is found in Brussels is a consultative body representing local authorities in Europe.

Note that Brussels, as a quintessential European capital city, also chairs on the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), the European Defense Agency (EDA), the of the Trans-European Transport Executive Agency (EASTR-T) network, the Competitiveness, Innovation, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, the Education Executive Agency, the Fisheries Community Control Agency the Executive Agency for Research (REA), the European Council Research Executive Agency.


Belgium has a temperate marine climate. Temperatures are quite pleasant in summer, reaching up to 20 °C against 5 °C in winter. However, the South, Wallonia in particular, enjoys an ideal climate for hiking and trekking. Liege, for its part, is surrounded by diverse landscapes, including forests and hills.


Belgium is world-famous for its mussels, chips, beer, waffles, gingerbread, as well as for its rich and modern gastronomy which varies from one region to another. Over the years, Belgium has managed to export some of its specialties, but tourists and newcomers can expect many surprises. You are likely to find restaurant and cafes almost everywhere in Belgian cities as in rural regions.


You will be pleasantly surprised by Belgians' great sense of humor which is complementary to their friendliness and hospitality. You will definitely meet nice people in Belgium, especially if you have decided to settle in Brussels or Wallonia.


From modern art to cartoons, you will be exposed to a great cultural opening in Belgium. The country also has a rich historical and cultural heritage which you will be able to discover when settling there.

Useful links: - Belgium
Belgium ' Official Information and Services
Europa - the EU institutions

Quick Information

Capital : Brussels
Official Languages : Dutch; Flemish , French , German
Currency : Euro
Area : 30510 Km2
Population : 10403000
Calling Code : +32
Timezone : Europe/Brussels

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