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  Ten Of The Best Recreational Activities In Belgium


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Living in a new country presents many opportunities for change; career, lifestyle, housing and finances being some of the main aspects people overhaul when moving abroad. But as well as the more prosaic aspects of life, moving also provides a chance to find new hobbies and recreational activities.

We asked Françoise Haffreingue from Visit Belgium which activities she would recommend for people who have recently moved to the country.   more ...

  Top Ten Insider Tips About Brussels


Articles - Belgium

Brussels bears the impressive reputation of being the de facto capital of Europe. This modern and cosmopolitan city is the abode of the institutions of the European Union and is the home of many diplomats, politicians and civil servants. The city’s place in global politics may be known the world over, but how much do we know about day-to-day life in Brussels? Here are some helpful insider tips for expats who will be making this city their new home.

1. Live like the locals
If you are looking for a uniquely Brussels experience, then St Gilles is where you should set up your home. This commune is a favorite among expats who work at the international companies in the area.   more ...

  Managing Your Money As An Expat In Belgium


Articles - Belgium

Belgium has a considerable expat population and much of it is concentrated in the capital city of Brussels, which is also the de facto capital of the European Union. There are approximately 10.8 million people living in Belgium and of these, nearly 13 percent were not actually born there. The expat community comprises of businesspeople, families and also many politicians and international diplomats, since the NATO headquarters are located in Brussels.

The cost of living in Belgium is considered to be on the higher side. The city of Brussels also ranks among the top 50 most expensive cities in the globe. But the advantage for expats, especially those coming from EU countries, is that living in Brussels is cheaper than most other capital cities in Western Europe such as London and Paris.   more ...

  An Overview Of International Schools In Belgium


Articles - Belgium

Belgium has a variety of childcare and educational facilities that will benefit expat families. Expats can choose to enroll their children in local or international schools. Local schools can lead to better integration into a new culture. International schools, on the other hand, enable children to continue in the same education system once they return to their home country. Here’s an overview of the best international schools in Belgium.

Antwerp International School (AIS)

This co-educational school includes preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school.   more ...

  Moving To Brussels? Read Our Expat Guide To Travelling On Public Transport


Articles - Belgium

Brussels’s integrated public transport system makes it quick and convenient to get around the city. The STIB (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles) organizes the public transport network including the Brussels metro, buses, night buses and tram. There is a standardized ticketing system in place and STIB tickets can also be used in trains and coaches within the city. Passengers can buy tickets at the STIB kiosks at metro stations. They are also available with bus drivers and online. Transportation passes are also available and range from one day passes to monthly passes. The Brussels Card can be used to travel for a specific amount of time on public transport such as 24, 36 or 72 hours and also allows one to entrance into many of the city’s museums.   more ...

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