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Belgium


Belgium Royaume de Belgique     
Population :
(1995)
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 28/02/2002
1 Frank = 100 Centime
1 Euro = 40,3399 Franks (fixed 31.12.1998)

FIXED VALUES AGAINST BEF
31.12.1998
100 BEF
reverse exchange
DEM
4.84837
2062.55
100
FRF
16.2608
614.997
100
ITL
4799.90
20.8338
1000
ESP
412.462
24.2447
100
NLG
5.46285
1830.55
100
ATS
34.1108
293.162
100
FIM
14.7391
678.468
100
PTE
496.984
20.1214
100
IEP
1.95232
51.2210
1
GRD
844.697
11.8385
100
 
 


Number initial banknotes (mln) 1.957
Number initial coins (mln) 530
Serial letter Z

Eurokit - number (mln) 5
Eurokit - value EUR 12,40
Eurokit - national value BEF 500

National money validity 28/02/2002
Change in banks 31/12/2002
Change coins in centr.bank 31/12/2004
Change banknotes in centr.bank no limits

500 EUR value BEF 20.169,96
Biggest banknote BEF 10.000
Biggest banknote value EUR 247,90

Coins :
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
Authority :
Belgium National Bank

Belgian Federal Government
Belgian Ministry of Finance
Bruxelles Stock Exchange - 2.link
Banks : Informations from Portalino Fantalinks
Anhyp Banque
Bacob Banque
BBL
Kredietbank
Others : Belgian Bankers' Association
Roderick Dunnett's Homepage
TTE Tourismus Team Europe

GSM :
Operator System Start Subscribers
01/03/2000
% of growth
last year
Belgacom mobile Gsm 1/94 2.226.000 57
Mobistar Gsm 8/96 1.185.564 85
Kpn Orange Dcs-1800 3/99 80.000* n.a.
*= estimate ; source= Mobile communications 3.501.564

UMTS :
Number of operators 4 (only national)
Process of allocation auction (pure or hybrid)
Pubblication of the assignment procedure sept. 2000
Assignement of the licenses 4. trim. 2000
Service startup 2002

ATMs :
      Cirrus, Visa/Plus (ATM Locator), MasterCard, AmEx.

Credit
cards :
      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.

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