Study Abroad in Belgium
Belgium is about the size of Maryland and is generally flat, with increasingly hilly terrain near the southeast Ardennes Forest. The highest is only 2,277 feet (694 meters) above sea level.
The climate is damp and temperate. Summer temperatures range from 54 to 72°F (12–22°C); winter temperatures generally do not go below 32°F (0°C). Belgium’s maritime climate is heavily influenced by the sea; fog and rain are common, and there is little snow in winter. The most moderate weather usually occurs between June and September.
Brussels (with a population of about 2 million), Antwerp (roughly 1 million), and Ghent (a little over 250,000) are the largest cities.
Belgium’s overall population density is one of the highest in Europe. Because of Brussels’s international importance, more than one-third of the city’s inhabitants are foreigners. About 75 percent of the population is Belgian. The French-speaking Walloons mainly live in the southern region of Wallonia. The Flemish largely reside in Flanders, the country’s northern region. The German-speaking minority mainly lives east of Wallonia.
*Video courtesy of Visit Flanders