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  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 ...

  Belgium – Five Recommended Expat Blogs


Articles - Belgium

When you’re thinking of living abroad, especially for the first time, it’s good to be able to hear from people who have already made the move. Today we’re looking at blogs from expats who live in Belgium; here are our recommended reads for anyone who’s thinking about moving there.

Belgium or Bust
http://albaniaorbust.blogspot.com

A Navy wife and mother living in Mons, Zosia’s blog provides an insight into what it’s like to be a parent in a new country. Her ‘Must See Destinations in Europe’ section is a great resource if you’re new to the area and want to see as much as you can. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the recipe section for tips on healthy and delicious cooking.   more ...

  5 Great Restaurants For Expats In Brussels


Articles - Belgium

The Belgian capital of Brussels offers rich culinary fare through its many Michelin-starred restaurants that can be found in almost every part of the city. In fact, Brussels stands proudly alongside Paris, New York and Honk Kong as one of the finest cities for eating. Here are five great restaurants in Brussels that will allow expats to indulge in an exciting gastronomical experience.

Comme Chez Soi

Christened by its founder, George Cuvelier, in 1926, to mean ‘like home’, the restaurant has remained in the family through the years. Today, a passionate chef, Lionel Rigolet, has the reins.   more ...

  Self-Employment in Belgium: Know the Rules


Bruges, Belgium
Articles - Belgium

If you’re moving to a new country for the sake of a lifestyle change rather than because your employer is sending you elsewhere, self-employment can be one of the best ways to ensure you still make enough to pay the mortgage whilst maintaining a level of control over what you’re doing and when. A huge number of expats choose this route, and there are countless websites devoted to helping people who want to live a freelance life. The benefits are obvious: getting up when you want to, dictating your own working hours, choosing which clients you can work with and perhaps pursuing something that has always been a dream job but never felt within reach. It’s not an easy route, though, and with more and more people wanting the flexibility to choose their own working lifestyles, competition is hotter than ever.

Beyond the usual difficulties, of course, there is also the added issue of trying to work out how to go self-employed in a new country. Many places have different tax laws for people who work for themselves, and as anyone who has done it in their home country will know, this can be confusing even when you speak the language and understand the culture.   more ...

  Working for the EU in Brussels


Articles - Belgium

Although the European Union has not formally declared a capital city, the degree to which "Brussels" has become shorthand for "EU" should tell us much of what we need to know about the city's relation to that expanding federation of states. The history of Brussels' assent to this lofty position is a long and convoluted one, stretching back to the post-World War II Brussels Treaty / mutual defense pledge signed by the Benelux nations, the U.K. and France. In the 1950s, when Luxembourg remained the seat of the nascent EU, the Common Assembly (now the European Parliament) still convened in Strasbourg. Indeed, much jousting back and forth between Strasbourg and Brussels occurred in the 1960s before the 1965 Merger Treaty combined the European Economic Community and two other energy-related governing bodies into one union.

Today, the city of Brussels owes much of its economic success to its hosting of the EU facilities, as well as its indisputably international character: almost half of all Brussels residents hail from other EU member states outside of Belgium, due to either employment with the EU proper or with the numerous businesses and services that profit from its presence. Plenty of staff must be on hand for the international schools that serve the needs of EU functionaries' children, while business hotels are similarly busy.   more ...

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