Belgium is located in the Northwest Europe, bordered by France on the West and South, Luxembourg on the Southwest, Germany on the East, and Netherlands on the North. Area 11 781 sq. mi.
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Euro = 100 cents.1 Ruro = $1.44 (Jan 2010)
10,13 mln.(2007) Fleming 58%, Valloon 41%
6 hours ahead of New-York Time
No visa needed for US citizens.
Climate of Belgium - moderate sea, with the warm weather since May until September. Snow is probable in the winter months. Average temperatures of January from +37ºF on coast to -30ºF in the Ardennes, July, correspondingly, from +67ºF to +57F. Sediments from 28-36" (in the plains) to 49-60" (in the mountains) per year.
In Belgium it is accepted to buy ceramics, Belgian chocolate, cut glass from Val Of saint Of lambert, diamonds and treasures from antwerp, bandes of dessines - book and comics of Belgian animated cartoon artists from Brussels and so on.
Stores work in essence from 10.00 to 18.00, exclude Sundays. Manufactured stores are opened in the week days from 9.00 to 18.00, and on Saturdays - to 17.00. Grossery stores work daily according to the same schedule, small local stores are usually opened till night. Supermarkets are opened from 9.30 to 18.00 (to 20.00 - on Fridays) and are closed on Sundays and during the holidays (sometimes also on Monday in the morning).