A highly developed land and
sophisticated trading country, Belgium is located in the heart of northern
Europe. Founded in 1831, Belgium is a constitutional and hereditary
Today Belgium is a true federal
state, reorganized into three Regions (Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels
Capital Region) and three Communities (French, Dutch and German speaking
population) each with their own legislative and executive power.
French and Dutch are the main national languages. In addition, the first
language of about one percent of Belgium's population is German. Many people
speak English too. The multilingual make-up of the country makes Belgians
the perfect working partners for newly arrived businessmen. from outside
Being at the crossroads of several cultures, Belgium has the advantage of a
central location within Europe and an extraordinarily well-developed
infrastructure. Her communications network is second to none Belgium has
rapid and efficient transport by air, sea, road and rail. The facilities
available in and around Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, have already
convinced a large number of multinational and international companies to
base their European headquarters here, alongside the many European
Hotels, international and national banks, efficient telephone and other
communication services, conference facilities, trade fairs - all are in
plentiful supply and tuned to the demanding and rapidly evolving needs of
local and international business.
Belgium's open trading policies and efficient communications have helped
make the Belgian market one of the toughest and most competitive in Europe,
if not the world. To prosper in this demanding environment requires a high
level of resourcefulness, creativity and craftsmanship for which Belgian
companies have become known the world over.
Belgium is located in Western Europe, bring bordered by the
Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea. Although
generally flat, the terrain becomes increasingly hilly and forested in the
southeast (Ardennes) region. Climate is cool, temperate, and rainy;............
has a temperate, maritime climate predominantly influenced by air masses
from the Atlantic. Rapid and frequent alternation of different air masses
separated by fronts gives Belgium considerable variability in weather...........
Belgium culture consists of the
mainly communities belonging to the French-speakers of Brussels and Wallonia,
as well as the Flemish, and play a significant role in Western European
culture. Belgian culture also includes such ethnic minorities as the Jewish
community, which has greatly influenced Flemish culture, in
particular Antwerp for over 500 years.............
Belgium has derived its name
name from the word Belgae, meaning a Celtic tribe. The Belgae were forced to
yield to Roman legions during the first century B.C. For some 300 years
thereafter, what is now Belgium flourished as a province of Rome. But Rome's