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An online cruising guide for sailing the coast of Belgium.

Belgium
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Capital Brussels
Language Flemmish, French, German. English is widely spoken.
Currency Euro € (EUR)
Time zone CET (UTC+1) , DST: CEST (UTC+2)
Calling code +32
Brussels is the capital of the European Union and the seat of NATO HQ.

The Kingdom of Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters, as well as those of other major international organizations, including NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 km² (11,787 square miles) and has a population of about 10.5 million. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home for two main linguistic groups, the Flemings and the French-speakers, mostly Walloons, plus a tiny group of German speakers.

Geographically, Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north, with 59% of the population, and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia, inhabited by 31%.

Belgium shares borders with France (620 km), Germany (167 km), Luxembourg (148 km) and the Netherlands (450 km). Its total area, including surface water area, is 33,990 square kilometres; land area alone is 30,528 km². The coastal plain consists mainly of sand dunes and polders.

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Weather

The climate is maritime temperate, with significant precipitation in all seasons (Köppen climate classification: Cfb). The average temperature is lowest in January at 3 °C (37 °F), and highest in July at 18 °C (64 °F).

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  • Antwerp Antwerp /wiki/Antwerp Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Blankenberge Blankenberge /wiki/Blankenberge Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Needs data icon – needs data |
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  • It's a shame that Antwerp is the main Belgian port, because I found it a fairly bleak city. On the other hand I also lived in Brussels for three months and enjoyed it immensely. I experienced snow in December, which was a rarity for an Australian.
    Try the Belgian beers, they are excellent. I can recommend Chimay Blue, Orval and Duvel off the top of my head. --Haiqu 07:18, 31 May 2011 (BST)

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