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The four sites of the property form a strip 170 km long by 3–15 km wide, crossing Belgium from east to west, consisting of the best-preserved 19th- and 20th-century coal-mining sites of the country. It features examples of the utopian architecture from the early periods of the industrial era in Europe within a highly integrated, industrial and urban ensemble, notably the Grand-Hornu colliery and workers’ city designed by Bruno Renard in the first half of the 19th century. Bois-du-Luc includes numerous buildings erected from 1838 to 1909 and one of Europe’s oldest collieries dating back to the late 17th century. While Wallonia had hundreds of collieries, most have lost their infrastructure, while the four components of the listed site retain a high measure of integrity.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Belgium. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Belgium.
Corruption: Belgium has a corruption score of 25 out of 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.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Charleroi is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Belgium since 2003.
Belgium scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 15 and 15.6°C (59 and 60°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.