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Welcome to BRUXELLES
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Information about BRUXELLES Located in north-western Europe, Belgium is a small country bordered by The Netherlands, France, Germany, and Luxemburg. After the war, Belgium witnessed an economic boom, which was further boosted by Bruxelles appointment as the headquarters of both the European Union and NATO. Bruxelles today is a bustling city of diplomats, followed closely by towering skyscrapers. You will see superb examples of art and architecture, both past and present-Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Nouveau. The city is also famous for some well-preserved ancient châteaux, colourful fairs and festivals, nature reserves as well as amusement parks-all within easy reach. Get lost in a dense circuit of cobblestone alleys before emerging suddenly into the magnificence of the Grand Place, with its baroque guildhalls, splendid Gothic town hall and ringside gaggle of pavement cafes and intimate restaurants. Bruxelles is sumptuous, historic and luxuriously cosy. With artistry richer than chocolate, architecture as graceful as its cuisine and diversity frothier than the beer. Due to the country's strategic location, Belgians play host to tourists from all parts of the world. The local people are always friendly, cooperative and courteous. Though Dutch and French are the commonly used languages, you'll find that almost everyone can manage to communicate in English.
 
Available Trades in BRUXELLES ADVERTISING - MARKETING - COMMUNICATION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
AGRICULTURE - LIVESTOCK - PISCICULTURE & FORESTRY SERVICES
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
ARCHITECTS - DESIGNERS - ENGINEERS & SURVEYORS
ART - ANTIQUES & HANDICRAFTS
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANISATIONS
AUDIO-VIDEO - ELECTRONIC & HOUSEHOLD APLLIANCES
AVIATION & MARITIME SERVICES
BANKING - FINANCING & INSURANCE
BARS - RESTAURANTS - CAFES - CLUBS & CATERING
BUSINESS SERVICES
CHEMICALS & PHARMACEUTICALS
CIVIC CENTRES - LIBRARIES & ARCHIVES
CLOTHING - TEXTILES & ACCESSORIES
CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ENERGY - GAS - ELECTRICITY &WATER - SERVICES
ENTERTAINMENT & LEISURE
ENVIRONMENT & RECYCLING
ESOTERISM & ASTROLOGY
FOOD - BEVERAGE & NEWSAGENTS
FREIGHT TRANSPORT - STORAGE & PACKAGING
FURNITURE & CARPENTRY SERVICES
GOVERMENT OFFICES & SERVICES
HEALTH & BEAUTY
HOTELS
HOUSE & GARDEN
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION - MANUFACTURING & SUPPLIERS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
JEWELLERS & WATCHMAKERS
LEGAL SERVICES
MECHANIC - HYDRAULIC & PNEUMATIC INDUSTRY
MEDICINE & MEDICAL SERVICES
METAL & STEEL INDUSTRY
MINES & MILLS
MOTORING
MULTIMEDIA & COMPUTER GAMES
MUSEUMS - ART GALLERIES & AUTION ROOMS
MUSIC - LITERARY - ARTISTIC & CULTURAL ACTIVITES
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OPTICIANS & HEARING AIDS
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PETS & VETERINARIANS
PHARMACY
PHOTOGRAPHY
PUBLISHING & PRINTING
REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY SERVICES
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES & FUNERAL SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL HOMES & CARE SERVICES
SALES & SERVICES - MAIL ORDER & E-SHOPPING
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BELGIUM

General Information
Capital: Brussels
Area: 30,528 km2
Population: 10,754,528 (January 1, 2009).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the round two-pin type.
IDD: +32
Emergency number: 101
Timezone: GMT +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Flemish, French, Dutch, German

Government
Government: Federal constitutional monarchy and parlamentary democracy

Religion
Religion: Mainly Roman Catholic (75%), with Protestant and Jewish communities.

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: EUR 1.00 = USD 66.8534 = GBP 110.480 8 = CHF 66.1543

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-17.30

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and back seats.

Driving License
Driving License: For non-EU nationals an international driving licence is recommended.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Easter Monday (variable), May 1 Labor Day, Whit Monday (variable), Jul 21 National Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Nov 11 Armistice Day, Nov 15 King"s Birthday, Dec 25 Christmas Day

Climate
Climate: Temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A236913161817151063
P666153605576958063837588
S234567665421
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800 & 3G 2100 & HSPA.

GPS
GPS: 50 54 N, 4 32 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 09.00-18.00/19.00. Department stores often remain open longer, up to 21.00 on Friday. Outside main areas, some shops may close at lunchtime.


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