|Belgium||Royaume de Belgique|
|10.185.000 (density 330
; surface 30.518 km2)
Capital : Bruxelles (950.000)
|Internet :||BE domain
2.000.000 people on the Web (19,64 %) (Jan-00) (InSites)
Referrer : no information
|Currency :||Belgian Franks (BEF, BF or F=>used in Belgium) till
1 Frank = 100 Centime
1 Euro = 40,3399 Franks (fixed 31.12.1998)
50F, 20 F, 5 F, 1 f, 50 Centime. Our king died recently, so two types of coins will be in circulation for a while (one with Baudoin's portrait, one with Albert's) Coins from Luxembourg (Luxembourg Frank) look very much like Belgian Franks, they have the same value and are accepted everywhere.
|Paper :||10.000 F, 5000 F, 2000
F, 1000 F, 500 F, 200
F and 100 F.
Other historical banknotes
Belgium National Bank
Belgian Federal Government
Belgian Ministry of Finance
Bruxelles Stock Exchange - 2.link
|Banks :||Informations from Portalino Fantalinks
|Others :||Belgian Bankers' Association
Roderick Dunnett's Homepage
TTE Tourismus Team Europe
Visa and MasterCard, Diners, Eurocard, American Express and occasionally some other cards as well. In Belgium one can use the local Bankcontact and Mister Cash cards. These cards can be used everywhere, also in a great number of shops (supermarkets & boutiques). For the use of the cash card in a shop, a 5 BF commission will be added to the bill. In some shops a minimum purchase of 500BF will be required before they allow use of the card (no 5BF surcharge is added in these shops). Some supermarket chains (e.g. Delhaize) allow to withdraw money via their register. (e.g. you buy products for the value of 200 BF, the lady at the till will ask if you want to pay for the exact amount. To withdraw money you add the amount of money you would like to withdraw and the lady will give you this extra money in cash). We also have a so-called "European card". Holders of such a card can withdraw money in other European countries and vice versa. A steep commission is the price to pay for the convenience of having one card.
|Foreign exchange :||
Banks are the best place to change money, exchange agencies are sparse and their prices are not always as good. Some automatic exchange machines exist (I have seen some in Brussels and Antwerp, I cannot speak for the rest of the country). Some travel agents also exchange money. Banks are closed on weekends and holidays, some are open Saturday morning, but don't count on it. Exchange agencies are open on Saturdays and machines are operational 24-24h.
|Travelers checks :||
Can be cashed in banks and hotels.