According to COUNTRYAAH, Belgium is a Central-western European state (30,528 km² including Baarle-Hertog, enclave in the Netherlands). Capital: Brussels. Administrative division: regions (3). Population: 10,646,800 (2009 estimate). Main languages: French, Dutch and German (official). Religion: Catholics 87.9%, other religions 12.1%. Monetary unit: euro (100 cents). Human Development Index: 0.953 (17th place). Borders: Low Countries (N), Germany and Luxembourg (E), France (SW), North Sea (NW). Member of: Benelux, Council of Europe, EBRD, NATO, OCDE, UN, OSCE, EU and WTO.
As one of countries with B according to COUNTRYAAH, Belgium is a hereditary federal constitutional monarchy based on the Constitution issued in 1831 and amended in 1993 with the creation of three Regions (Brussels-capital, Flemish, Walloon) and three Communities: French, Flemish and German-speaking (the latter united administratively to Wallonia), all with extensive competences and their own representative and executive bodies. Legislative power is exercised by the King and the Parliament, made up of the House of Representatives (150 members) and the Senate (71 members). The representatives are elected by direct universal suffrage for a four-year term. Head of state is the king, who, together with the Council of Ministers, has executive power. In 1998, for the first time in Europe, the Council of representatives of the Islamic community was established, with an advisory function towards the government: this body is made up of 68 members, elected by Muslims residing in the country. The judicial system is of the continental European type. In August 2003 the 1993 law was repealed which gave the Belgian courts universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity and genocide. The defense, divided into four corps (Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie), is based entirely on professional personnel (compulsory conscription was abolished in 1995). School education is managed by the Flemish and Walloon federal communities. Education is compulsory from 6 to 16 years full-time, and part-time in the following two years. Aeronautics, National Gendarmerie), is entirely based on professional personnel (compulsory conscription was abolished in 1995). School education is managed by the Flemish and Walloon federal communities. Education is compulsory from 6 to 16 years full-time, and part-time in the following two years.
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Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Belgium).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Brussels||May, June, July, August and September|
|Knokke-Heist||June, July, August and September|
|De Haan||June, July, August and September|
|East E||June, July, August and September|
|West e||June, July, August and September|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Brussels (Belgium)
|Daytime temperature||5 ° C||6 ° C||9 ° C||13 ° C||17 ° C||20 ° C||22 ° C||22 ° C||19 ° C||14 ° C||9 ° C||6 ° C|
|Night temperature||-0 ° C||0 ° C||2 ° C||5 ° C||8 ° C||11 ° C||13 ° C||13 ° C||11 ° C||8 ° C||3 ° C||1 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||67||54||73||57||70||78||75||63||59||71||78||76|
|Hours of sunshine||2||3||3||5||6||6||6||6||5||4||2||1|
The annual average temperature in Brussels is 9.7 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is July (17.2 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 2.5 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 821 mm on 136 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. In the months of January, February, March, April, November and December snowfall is possible.
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 6.2 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 4.1 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Antwerp, Gent, Charleroi, Schaerbeek, Schaarbeek, Anderlecht and Leuven.