Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest. It covers an area of 30,688 km2 and has a population of more than 11.4 million. The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Liège.
Belgium is a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: Flanders in the north (Dutch-speaking), Wallonia in the south(French-speaking) , and the Brussels-Capital Region (Nice mix of French and Dutch-speaking people). A small part of Belgians speak German, in the eastern part, close to the German border.
Belgium is one of the six founding countries of the European Union and hosts the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council, as well as a seat of the European Parliament in the country's capital, Brussels. Belgium is also a founding member of the Eurozone, NATO, OECD, and WTO, and a part of the trilateral Benelux Union and the Schengen Area. Brussels hosts several of the EU's official seats as well as the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO.
Belgium is a developed country, with very high standards of living, quality of life, healthcare, education and is categorized as " one of the safest or most peaceful countries in the world.
Ghent: the second biggest city in Flanders
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Unique Ghent exudes history while serving up an interesting cultural cocktail brimming over with trendy, modern urban life. Ghent is a city for people who love life; nothing is required, anything is possible; a city on a personal scale. The agreeable, hospitable Ghent locals know what the good life is all about.
During your visit to Ghent, make sure to stop in and admire the world-famous masterpiece ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ by the Van Eyck brothers.
Naturally, a city like Ghent won’t be summed up in just a few figures. You’ve got to see, hear, taste, and experience Ghent. ‘Nie pleuje!’ (never give up) is the motto of many a Ghent local.
Walk through Ghent’s inner city and you’ll immediately understand why it’s received so many tourism awards and international praise. Nowhere else will you be able to flit so quickly from the 14th to the 21st century (and back again) without ever feeling like something didn’t fit.
10 Thing to do in Ghent:
Ghent has to be not just seen but experienced. Take your time, get lost in the historic centre, explore the museums, enjoy our culinary talent and throw yourself into the bustling nightlife.
Follow this link to find the top-10 things to do in Ghent: www.visit.gent.be
Excursions & sightseeing
Vibrant Ghent is well worth the trip since it offers a fascinating cultural cocktail brimming with trendy, modern urban life. Ghent is a city where people enjoy life: a chilled-out place where anything goes and a city that feels human. Its friendly, welcoming people love the good life. Don’t miss the chance to admire the world-famous masterpiece—the Mystic Lamb by the Van Eyck brothers—during your weekend trip or a boat trip on the rivers and canals in Ghent.
For more information about possible excursions and bookings please visit www.visit.gent.be
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