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A Guide For Expats Moving To Belgium

Friday January 06, 2017 (18:16:04)
(c) Juhanson on Wikipedia
There's also a lot of culture, history and art in Belgium so there is always something to do, with lots of festivals, theatres and museums. Let’s not forget the country is also renowned for its chocolate and beer.

While English is widely spoken, expats need to appreciate that there are two official languages; Dutch is spoken by 60% of the population while 40% speak French. German is also spoken by a small minority of people who are located on the German border.   more ...

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Eleven Dishes You Should Try In Belgium That Don't Involve Chocolate

Thursday December 15, 2016 (20:56:48)
(c) Eric Chan on Wikipedia
Belgium is a trilingual country with France, Germany and the Netherlands as its neighbors. In some regions, the cuisine is influenced by classic French cooking, while in other areas, hearty German-style food dominates. Many of the savory and sweet delicacies have a distinct Dutch influence too. Belgium’s culinary offerings are rich and satisfying, and there are a number of unique national dishes. You can also find internationally popular fare such as western fast food or Italian dishes.   more ...

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Belgium's Major Cities: Which One Should You Move To?

Monday October 31, 2016 (15:21:26)

Belgium is most widely known for its delicious chocolates, many varieties of beer and French fries. But the country has so much more to offer. Belgium has not one, but three official languages – Dutch, German and French. The nation’s constitution is also trilingual, on account of the different languages and communities. Belgium is home to several international organizations, as well as European Union institutions.   more ...

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Belgium - Recommended Blogs

Tuesday April 26, 2016 (13:31:48)
(c) Wouter Hagens on Wikipedia
At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Belgium and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.

La Petite Rose à Bruxelles
https://lapetiteroseabruxelles.wordpress.com/

Currently wrestling with being allocated the 'expat wife' label, La Petite Rose à Bruxelles is tracing Charlotte's new expat life in the Belgian capital.   more ...

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Ten Of The Best Recreational Activities In Belgium

Wednesday June 24, 2015 (22:58:58)
Image © Sandeep Pawar
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 ...

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Top Ten Insider Tips About Brussels

Friday April 24, 2015 (02:57:47)

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 ...

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Managing Your Money As An Expat In Belgium

Friday March 27, 2015 (02:31:15)

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 ...

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An Overview Of International Schools In Belgium

Tuesday November 25, 2014 (05:54:23)

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 ...

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

Friday September 19, 2014 (02:08:03)

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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Belgium – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

Tuesday August 19, 2014 (14:14:33)

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 ...