Belgium

*Continent: Europe  

*Population: 11.14 million

*Capital City: Brussels

*Country's full name: Kingdom of Belgium

*Time Difference from Kansas: 7 hours ahead

*Area compared to the US: about the size of Maryland

*Best time to go to there: Between March and May and Between September and October

*Climate: cool summers moderate winters

*Natural Hazards: mainly flooding

*Imports: Raw materials, machinery and equipment, chemicals, raw diamonds, pharmaceuticals, and foodstuffs.

*Exports: Machinery and equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, and foodstuffs.

*Costs of things: Milk- 35.96 Euros, bottle of water- 2.77 Euros

*Currency name: Euro

*Exchange Rate: $1.32 US dollars

*National Anthem: Brabanconne

*Type of government: Democracy

*Religion: 57% Catholic, 1.7%Protestantism, .3% Orthodox Christian

* People groups: 6,000,000 speaking Dutch, 4,100,000 speaking French, 73,000 speaking German.

*Languages: French, Dutch, and German.

*Life Expectancy: Women- 78, men-83

*Shots: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio.

*where to get the shots:  any local clinic in Belgium.

*Foods: Frites (Fries), witte pens (kinda like waffles)

*Visa costs: 60 euros

*where to get a visa: London or Manchester

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