Country: Belgium

Population: 10,392,226

Capital: Brussels

Time Zone: UTC+1

Currency Name: euro (EUR)

Government Type: Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy

Languages: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)

Ethnic Breakdown: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

Religion: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%

Major Cities: Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp

Phone Country Code: 32

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Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitbelgium.com/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: e

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), Whit Sunday and Monday, July 21 (National Holiday), August 15 (Assumption of Mary), November 1 (All Saints' Day), November 2 (All Souls' Day), November 11 (Armistice Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Belgium is one of three countries classified by the European Community as a manure surplus region, because it produces more than its land can absorb.