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Key Facts

Official Name: Kingdom of Belgium

Capital City: Brussels

Official Languages: Dutch, French, German

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Euro

Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour

Country Domain: .be

Country Tel Code: 32

Moving to Belgium

Belgium has a great deal to offer expatriates. The country boasts a high standard of living; a large and heterogeneous expatriate population; excellent schools; a thriving business environment; a culture rich in art, history, and traditional products such as diamonds and lace. Occupying a central location in Europe's most urbanized and cosmopolitan area it is home to many international corporations and organizations, including NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

Politics

Belgium is a parliamentary democracy with a constitutional hereditary monarchy. The king, as chief of state, is technically the source of executive authority. In reality, the Council of Ministers, headed by the prime minister, usually the leader of the party with the greatest representation in parliament, makes many of the decisions reserved for the executive branch. The legislative branch consists of a parliament with two houses. The Senate is elected by a combination of provincial councils, fellow senators, and direct election, and the Chamber of Representatives is directly elected. Elections are held every four years

Economy

Belgium has capitalized on its central geographic location and well-developed transportation system to become one of the world's most prosperous and highly diversified private enterprise economies in the world.

Belgium is home to the headquarters of the EU and plays a leading role as a policy maker. The success of the common currency, the Euro, is a cornerstone of the EU's economic policy.

Property

There are all types of housing in Belgium, both furnished and unfurnished, and of all sizes and price ranges. Allow plenty of time to find suitable housing, however, as the availability is sometimes limited.

The houses are generally unique in style and solidly built with large basement areas used as a washing/drying rooms, gyms or playrooms and small, easy to maintain gardens. Most have concrete floors.

Schools

Most expatriates, especially those with high school age children, choose to send their children to one of the many private English-speaking schools operated by American, British or international organizations in Brussels and Antwerp.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Belgium and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Brussles Office

Street: Jan Baptist Vinkstraat

Postcode: 3070 Kortenberg

Telephone: + 32 2 757 9285

Manager: Jesse Van Sas

Email: brussels@santaferelo.com

Memberships: FIDI

Accreditations: FIDI-FAIM, ISO 9001 – 14001

Let us assist you with obtaining a Belgian Visa, finding an apartment or school in Brussels, and more!

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