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Belgium Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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Welcome to the Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice page for Belgium!

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers.

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Belgium Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand Belgium and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: Kingdom of Belgium.

Etymology: The name derives from the Belgae, an ancient Celtic tribal confederation that inhabited an area between the English Channel and the west bank of the Rhine in the first centuries B.C.

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Capital: Brussels.

Independence / foundation: Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 but it was occupied by Germany during World War I and II.

Population: 12 million.

Currency: Euro (EUR)
1 USD = 0.85 - 0.99

Time zone: UTC+1

Languages spoken: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) <1%.

Religions: Roman Catholic 57%, Protestant 2%, other Christian, 3%, Muslim 7%, other 2%, atheist 9%, nonbeliever/agnostic 20%.

Climate: Temperate weather. Mild winters, cool summers that are rainy, humid and cloudy.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $557 billion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $48,200.

Main airports: Brussels Airport, Charleroi Airport, Ostend Bruges Airport, Antwerp Airport, Liege Airport.

World heritage sites in Belgium

Historic Brugge
La Grand-Place (Brussels)
Colonies of Benevolence

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 15.

Top world heritage sites:

- La Grand-Place (Brussels).
- Historic Brugge.
- Colonies of Benevolence.

Interesting facts about Belgium

- Audrey Hephburn was born in Brussels.

- Belgium is one of the top chocholate producers in the world. In 2020, the country's chocolate exports accounted for 11% of the total world's exports.

- The country holds the record for the longest period without a government, 589 days during 2010 and 2011.

- Belgian architect Victor Horta was a leader of the Art Nouveau movement during the 19th century. He also took part in the development of the Art Deco movement. Four of his houses were designated UNESCO world heritage sites.

- The word spa comes from the town of Spa in Belgium. In this city, Europe's first health resort opened in the 18th century.

Further reading: N/A.


Belgium Travel tips

Socket type: C / E. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Saturday and Sunday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Right.

Local taxi apps: Uber, Taxi.eu, TaxisVerts.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Bradt Guide.

Languages spoken: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) <1%.

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

Hello: Hallo
Please: Alsjeblieft (als yuh bleeft)
Thank you: Bedankt (buh dahnkt)
Help: Kunt u mij helpen? (kuhnt uw may hel-pern)


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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.

Variables

  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.


Looking for more safety resources?

This entire website is devoted to helping women travel solo. Check out the links below to learn more:

Solo Female Travel Stats: Results from the the largest, most comprehensive and only global research study on solo female travel trends, preferences and behaviors published.

Thanks to Jacobo Vilella for creating the Solo Female Travelers Safety Index ❤️