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Information about Belgium

Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

Belgium's economy

This modern, open, and private-enterprise-based economy has capitalized on its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base. Industry is concentrated mainly in the more heavily-populated region of Flanders in the north. With few natural resources, Belgium imports substantial quantities of raw materials and exports a large volume of manufactures, making its economy vulnerable to volatility in world markets. Roughly three-quarters of Belgium's trade is with other EU countries, and Belgium has benefited most from its proximity to Germany. In 2013 Belgian GDP grew by 0.1%, the unemployment rate increased to 8.8% from 7.6% the previous year, and the government reduced the budget deficit from a peak of 6% of GDP in 2009 to 3.2%. Despite the relative improvement in Belgium's budget deficit, public debt hovers around 100% of GDP, a factor that has contributed to investor perceptions that the country is increasingly vulnerable to spillover from the euro-zone crisis. Belgian banks were severely affected by the international financial crisis in 2008 with three major banks receiving capital injections from the government, and the nationalization of the Belgian retail arm of a Franco-Belgian bank.

Issues in Belgium

none Refugees and internally displaced persons: stateless persons: 3,898 (2012) Illicit drugs: growing producer of synthetic drugs and cannabis; transit point for US-bound ecstasy; source of precursor chemicals for South American cocaine processors; transshipment point for cocaine, heroin, hashish, and marijuana entering Western Europe; despite a strengthening of legislation, the country remains vulnerable to money laundering related to narcotics, automobiles, alcohol, and tobacco; significant domestic consumption of ecstasy

Prices in Belgium (1 EUR = 1.08 USD)
Meal in inexpensive restaurant13.48 EUR
3-course meal in restaurant (for 2)56.4 EUR
McDonalds meal8.33 EUR
Local beer (0.5 draft)2.76 EUR
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 2.79 EUR
Cappuccino2.41 EUR
Pepsi/Coke (0.33 bottle)2.13 EUR
Water (0.33 bottle)1.96 EUR
Milk (1l)0.77 EUR
Fresh bread (500g)1.7 EUR
White Rice (1kg)2.1 EUR
Eggs (12) 2.13 EUR
Local Cheese (1kg) 12.82 EUR
Chicken Breast (1kg) 11.02 EUR
Apples (1kg) 1.83 EUR
Oranges (1kg) 2.27 EUR
Tomato (1kg) 2.1 EUR
Potato (1kg) 1.24 EUR
Lettuce (1 head) 1.04 EUR
Water (1.5l)0.9 EUR
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.75 EUR
Domestic Beer (0.5 bottle)1.1 EUR
Foreign beer (0.33 bottle) 1.29 EUR
Cigarettes6.09 EUR
One way local bus ticket2.21 EUR
Monthly pass for bus46.06 EUR
Taxi start2.77 EUR
Taxi 1km2.22 EUR
Taxi 1hour waiting33.18 EUR
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.61 EUR
Utilities for a "normal" apartment145.12 EUR
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.78 EUR
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 656.25 EUR
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 613.89 EUR
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 887.27 EUR

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