Sightseeing in Belgium

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

- In Brussels: the Grand-Place, the Atomium (vestige of the 1958 World Fair)
- In Bruges: the Grand-Place and its Belfry, the canals
- In Ghent: the City hall, the Saint Michel Bridge, Saint Nicolas Church and the Belfry
- In Antwerp: the cathedral, the port.
Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity. As such, it is therefore difficult to give a general overview that applies to all Belgians. Each area will have its own particularities. The three predominant cultures are: 1) in the north, Flanders - primarily Dutch, 2) in the south, Wallonia - primarily French and 3) the northeast - primarily German influenced.
Coastal beaches
Ardennes forest
The religious heritage is huge. Further information can be found on the website
Spa city and Ostend city. Find more information on Belgium Tourist Office.
A few km of beach only, which does not attract many foreign tourists.
Winter Sports
Skiing in the Ardennes area.
Outdoor Activities
In a protected natural setting, you can do numerous outdoor activities, from mountain biking to kayak and many more.
Special purchases include ceramics and hand-beaten copperware from Dinant; Belgian chocolates; crystal from Val Saint Lambert; diamonds; jewelry from Antwerp; lace from Bruges, Brussels and Mechelen (Malines), woodcarvings from Spa and comic-strip books by a number of talented Belgian cartoon artists from Brussels.
Main shopping centers are located in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Liège, Mechelen, Mons, Namur and Ostend.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 11/175
Evolution: 4 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Women's Condition
Nothing in particular
For Further Information
Freedom in the World

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Degree of Freedom
The Constitution provides freedom of religion, and the Government generally respects this right in practice; however, the Government has taken action against groups that considers "harmful sects".


There are few reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice. Some reports of anti-Semitic or Islamophobic acts are difficult to ascribe to a primary motivation of ethnicity or religious belief, as they are often inextricably linked. Some reports of discrimination against minority religious groups have surfaced.

Catholics 95.9%, Others 4.1%
Role of Religion in Society

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