Often viewed as the crossroads of Europe, Belgium is a country where several different European cultures converge. Often viewed more ambivalently than its European neighbors, Belgium has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye.
Gastronomic delights are a plenty here and where enjoying food and beverages is an art de vivre. Expatriates who enjoy the finer things in life will be wowed by the artisan chocolates, street foods such as waffles or frites, fresh muscles washed down with the world-renowned Belgian beer or the local sweetened bread; aficionados will certainly not be disappointed.
In terms of weekend activities to keep expatriates busy, Belgium almost certainly punches above its weight. With more castles per square mile than any other country in the world and a range of abbeys, medieval cities, gothic cathedrals, World War I battlefield sites and museums to explore, Belgium is a place that history lovers can never exhaust. Those who prefer to live in the present will be equally delighted by the beautiful natural scenery on offer. From the dune-filled beaches to historic parklands, pristine lakes to dense pine forests and flower-filled hills to underground caves, Belgium may come as a bit of a surprise to those who are prepared to get out and about and explore the landscape.
Belgium offers expatriates a very rich cultural experience and enough sights, attractions, culture intricacies and entertainment to keep even the most demanding expatriates busy and fulfilled.
Moving to Belgium is the easy part. Facing the challenges of living there is another story. Make sure you are informed with the Expat Info Desk guide to living in Brussels.
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