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Belgium

AREA: 30,510 km2


CAPITAL: Brussels


TIME ZONE: UTC+1


LANGUAGE: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 32%, German (official) less than 1%, 8% bilingual Dutch-French


TELEPHONE CODE: 0032


INTERNET TLD: .be


REGIONS:
Belgium consists of three regions, listed from North to South:
Flanders - The northern, Dutch-speaking region of the country. It includes well known cities like Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.
Brussels - The bilingual capital region of the country and headquarters of the EU.
Wallonia - The southern, French-speaking region, incorporating a small German speaking region in the east near the German border.


CLIMATE:
Temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy. Average annual temperature between 1976-2006: 10° Celcius


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
January 1 - New Year's Day
May 1 - Labour Day
July 21 - National holiday
August 15 - Assumption of the Virgin Mary
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
November 11 - Armistice Day
December 25 - Christmas Day


The following are also public holidays that do not occur on the same date every year: 
Easter
Easter Monday
Ascension Day
Pentecost
Pentecost Monday


SOURCES:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Belgium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium


 

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