Country Profile - Belgium

Name: Kingdom of Belgium

Location: Western Europe

Time: IST (-) 4 1/2 hrs

Capital: Brussels

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

Area: 30,528 sq km (11,787 sq miles).

Population: 10,431,477 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 21 July (Independence Day)

Currency: EUR.

Climate: Seasonal and similar to neighboring countries, with warm weather from May to September and snow likely during winter months.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May Labour Day. 17 May Ascension Day. 11 Jul * Flemish Community Holiday. 21 Jul Independence Day. 15 Aug Assumption. 27 Sep * French Community Holiday. 1 Nov All Saints' Day. 11 Nov Armistice Day. 15 Nov German Community Holiday. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec Boxing Day.

Airline Name: Sabena SN

International Airports: Brussels Zaventem (Brussels), Deurne (Antwerp)Ostend (OST), Liege (LGG)