Belgium is known for fries, chocolate and beer, beautiful cities and being the home of the European Parliament. A career in politics brings many people to Brussels, but that’s not all the country has to offer.
Belgium is very affordable compared to its neighbouring countries, but still one of the richest nations in the world. Housing is cheaper and the general cost of living not nearly as expensive as France and the Netherlands.
Belgian food is known in Europe as delicious and of outstanding quality and Belgians love taking their time for a good meal. They also speak their own language. Because large part of the country speaks Flemish and the other part French, most Belgians speak both of these languages as well as English. Business cards are often printed in Dutch on one side, and French on the other.
Belgians are often hard working, result-oriented people, who can be quite reserved at first. They value politeness but also find personal relationships very important and it is common to get to know someone a bit before starting to do business.
Belgium is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Belgium.
Here are some of the ways to live in Belgium if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:
Work or business related visas
If you invest more than €350,000 in an existing Belgian business or incorporate a new Belgian company, you can apply for a residency visa.
Through your Family
Working Holiday Visa
Citizens of Australia, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan aged 18–30 may be eligible for a 12 month Belgian working holiday visa
Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Belgium:
The passport for Belgium allows you to travel to 160 countries without a visa.
Its global rank is 11.