Official Name: Kingdom of Belgium
Capital City: Brussels
Official Languages: Dutch, French, German
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour
Country Domain: .be
Country Tel Code: 32
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Belgium and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
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Telephone: + 32 2 757 9285
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