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ClimateThanks to the Gulf Stream Belgium has a temperate maritime climate with rainfall evenly distributed throughout the year, usually in the form of short showers.
Temperatures in June can range between 12 and 21 °C
CurrencyThe currency of Belgium is the Euro (EUR).
LanguageThere are two official languages in Brussels: Dutch (Flemish) and French.
Banking facilitiesBanks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:00. The most common automatic cash machines (Bancontact/MisterCash) are linked to international networks, and are widely available.
The closest cash machine to Square is located at the corner of Cantersteen street and rue des Sols/Stuiverstraat.
Paying and tippingMajor credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. However, it is also recommended that visitors carry small amounts of cash at all times.
Prices in hotels and restaurants as well as the price of taxi fares are calculated to include taxes and service.
ShoppingNormal trading shopping hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17:00 hours.
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 6 % to 21% applied to most items and services but the VAT will always be included.
ElectricityBelgium uses the Europlug (Type C & F) for electricity, with two round prongs. The electric current used is 220 volts/50hz. Delegates from North America require a transformer and British participants need an adaptor.
TelephoneThe dial in code for Belgium is +32.