Dutch, spoken by about 60% of the population (Flanders and Brussels)
French, spoken by about 39% of the population (Wallonia and Brussels)
German, spoken by about 1% of the population in the eastern part of the country.
The official conference language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department by calling 112. You can dial the number 101 for urgent police assistance.
Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel’s reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 112. Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered.
Health and Immunizations
Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to Belgium, but please check with your local embassy as requirements may change.
Telephones International dialing codes
The Netherlands: +(31)
The standard electrical voltage in Belgium is 230 volts AC, 50Hz. The electrical outlets in Belgium take two-pronged, round-pin plugs. We recommend that you purchase an adaptor for your electrical equipment prior to your arrival.
Tap water in Belgium is completely safe to drink.
Average Temperature for February: 1 – 6 Celsius. You can expect rain around the 13 days a month.
Distances in Belgium are given in kilometers.
1 mile = 1.62 kilometers
Temperature is given in degrees Celsius
Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32 to convert to Fahrenheit.
The currency used in Belgium is Euros (€).
ATMs & Credit Cards
ATMs are widely available throughout Belgium and most are open 24 hours a day. Almost all stores accept all major credit cards, however some cafes and restaurants will only accept cash.
Tipping in restaurants in Belgium is not expected because a 10-15% service charge is generally included in your bill. However, if you are really satisfied with the service provided, feel free to leave a few Euros for the employees.