Belgium is a small, cozy country in Western Europe. In the northwest it is washed by waters of the North Sea. It shares the borders with the Netherlands to the north, to the east - with Germany and Luxembourg, to the south and south-west - with France.
Belgium is a constitutional monarchy. A Head of the state is a king, who exercises the legislative power together with the federal bicameral parliament (a Senate and a Chamber of Representatives).
Believers are predominantly Catholic (90%). Official languages of Belgium are - Netherlands, French and German.
The climate is moderate maritime. Average January temperature ranges from -1°C in the Ardennes to 3°C on the coast, in July, respectively, from 14°C to 19°C.
Broadleaf forests ocupy about 20% of the territory. Cultural landscapes are dominated.
The country is proud of its great history, art, national cuisine and architecture.
Belgium has joined culture of northern Flanders and southern Wallonia. North and south speak different languages, that does not interfere Belgium to be versatile developed country.
The capital of Belgium is the city of Brussels. A lot of jazz festivals, religious processions, local fairs, film festivals and days of classical music are held here during the year.
Equally popular among tourists is a port city of Antwerp, where the magnificent monument of culture – the House-Museum of Rubens is worth visiting. Children will definitely enjoy the Antwerp Zoo - one of the best in the world. In the evening, after a busy sightseeing program, you should try the very typical national dish - Flemish pork chops.
Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and the second-largest seaport in Europe, the world center of diamond trade; a great number of museums and historical architectural monuments
Bruges is one of the most picturesque European cities, a true treasury of medieval architecture; city of beautiful canals and bridges, rightfully called "The Northern Venice"
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a city with interesting and often dramatic history, boasting the richest architectural inheritance; the most important cultural center of Europe