Facts and Figures
Official Name: Kingdom of Belgium
Capital City: Brussels (1.75 million)
Latitude/Longitude: 50° 50'N, 4° 00'E
Languages: Dutch, French, German
Official Currency: the Euro
Religions: Catholic, Protestant
Land Area: 32,820 sq km (12,672 sq miles)
Landforms: The coastal area is a series of sandy beaches, backed by protecting dunes. Inland, up to the Meuse River, the land is generally flat, with numerous canals and dikes. It's criss-crossed by many small tributaries of the Schelde River. East of the Meuse, forested hilly conditions rise to the flat-topped mountains of the Ardennes Region. The highest point is the Botrange, at 2,276 ft. (694m).
Climate: The Gulf Stream and Atlantic Ocean winds moderate the weather in Belgium, resulting in cloudy, rainy days, especially along the coastal areas. Inland, east of the Schelde River, summers are generally mild, cloudy and cool. Winters are also mild, with frequent fog and light rain. Colder temperatures are common in the Ardennes.