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Belgium

Belgium
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:E,
Note:Notes from correspondents: a 'C' style plug can be used with 'E' and 'F' receptacles.  All double-insulated appliances are indeed fitted with a 'C' plug, and can be used in any compatible receptacle (C E F and narrow L).  Type C receptacles are prohibited in Belgium.
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL H
DVD-Region: 2
Geography

Location:
Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
Area:
total: 30,528 sq km
land: 30,278 sq km
water: 250 sq km
Climate:
temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
Terrain:
flat coastal plains in northwest, central rolling hills, rugged mountains of Ardennes Forest in southeast
Economy
GDP: $325 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 1.5% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $31,400 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 2.8% (2005 est.)
Currency:
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries
Exchange rates:
euros per US dollar - 0.8041 (2005), 0.8054 (2004), 0.886 (2003), 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001)
People
Population: 10,379,067 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.13% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
Languages:
Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
Government
Capital:
name: Brussels
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Independence:
4 October 1830 (a provisional government declares independence from the Netherlands); 21 July 1831 (King Leopold I ascends to the throne)


Note: Information on Belgium was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Belgium, please visit one of the links below.


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