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Corruption: Belgium has a corruption score of 25/100.
If your itinerary runs through Belgium, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Belgium is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Belgium is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.53 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Language(s): Dutch, French & German
You may find that there are some English speaking residents at your place of stay; especially if you are going to a highly populated tourist area. This doesn’t mean that you should speak English however; It's always appreciated when tourists know a few words or sentences in French. It just shows that you’re interested in the culture, that you’re willing to put effort into it and it will guarantee you a smile from the waiter/waitress when ordering food.
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
TIP: You can use wordhippo.com to learn how to pronounce a sentence in French. Are you Interested to learn more phrases that might help you during your travel? Learn about them in our article with the most used phrases used while travelling.
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 3 National dishes: Moules-frites, Belgian Waffle & Frites
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Belgium is 16. On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.
Belgium is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 33% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in Belgium to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Belgium since 2003.
Belgium scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be ANTI-LGBTQ+ even when the laws in Belgium are LGBTQ+ friendly. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Belgium – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
When travelling to Belgium, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 5 and 6.7°C (41 and 44°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.89 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Belgium.
Planning a trip to Belgium? Here is a list of 3 large airports you can fly to.