Belgium

Belgium

Enjoy Belgium for more than its chocolate

Renowned for its world-class chocolate, Belgium’s wonderful capital, Brussels also is the home of the European Parliament and the city is a mix of history and culture. Another place worth a visit is Bruges, an idyllic, medieval town with canals running through it that has earned it the name… Venice of the North.

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Fast Facts About Belgium

Belgium
  • Population: 10,444,268
  • Capital City: Brussels
  • Climate: Temperate, mild winters, cool summers, rainy, humid
  • Time Zone: GMT+1
  • Language: Dutch, French, German
  • Country Code: 32
  • Location: Western Europe, between France and the Netherlands

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TheCharmsOfEurope

The Charms of Europe’s Second Cities: Buy Property from $82,000

In the popular imagination, it’s the great capitals of Europe that get the most attention. Tourists flock to Paris, Rome, Madrid, and London for the big-city flair, museums, and monuments. It’s the thing to do. And granted, you should seize any opportunity to stroll the Champs-Élysées on a beautiful spring evening or explore London’s international cuisine and regal parks.

Wild Boar, Scotch And Puppets Ablaze

Wild Boar, Scotch and Puppets Ablaze

In the Kisama Heritage Village in Nagaland, northeast India, the Hornbill Festival is a huge celebration of the indigenous warrior tribes of the region. Taking place between December 1 and 7, the festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, a large and colorful forest bird. You’ll need a government permit to visit, but it’s worth it to experience the beauty contest, archery, wrestling, and lots of singing and dancing.

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Shop Your Way Around the World As You Earn

The earrings are from Hong Kong’s jade market. I bought the fedora hat at a Christmas market in Berlin, the boots from Malaga in Spain, and the shimmering scarf at Otavalo market in Ecuador—one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. You might call it eclectic fashion indulgence. I call it research.

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

Europe’s Most Relaxing Vacation Secret

Europe’s Most Relaxing Vacation Secret

We’re always told in life to enjoy the journey, not the destination—but sometimes it’s hard to slow down. We take vacations to get away from it all, and end up needing a second vacation to get over the first one.

Clarification Causes Confusion

In May it was announced that visitors to Panama entering on a tourist visa would no longer be granted a 90-day stay (extendable for another 90 days). Instead, immigration officials said, those entering on a tourist visa would be granted just 30 days-extendable up to 60 additional days. This month, rumors began circulating that the […]

Bargains in Brussels

Residents of Paris and its surrounding areas for over eight years, our expanding family and skyrocketing property values were forcing us to reassess our housing options. The idea of squeezing into a miniscule, overpriced apartment didn’t appeal to us, so we resorted to Plan B-B for Brussels. Once dismissed as Paris’ countrified cousin, Brussels is […]

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