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Magda Zok

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Cost of living in Belgium Restaurants General information Population: 10 839 905 people The culture of Belgium Nikki Van de Velde Stereotypes of Belgian culture
and Belgian people What do you think about Belgian and Belgian people? Communication Languages Magdalena Zok Ethnicities:
Flemings - 57%
Walloons - 33% Per capita income: 46 989 USD services (73%) industry (25%) agriculture (2%) Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 15€
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar: 7,5€
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle): 2,0€ Markets Milk (regular), 1 liter: 0,87€
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): 1,60€
Potato (1kg): 1,08€
Water (1.5 liter bottle): 1,0€
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle): 1,17€
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro): 5,0€ Cost living in Belgium Sports And Leisure Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: 50,0€
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat: 9,0 € Clothing And Shoes 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar): 80,0€
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...): 50,0 €
1 Pair of Nike Shoes: 95,0 € languages http://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_accident-sur-le-ring-de-bruxelles?id=1791053 Communication styles Direct in their speech
Saying what you mean in a matter of fact way
Stay low key and modest
Takes long to move from the surname to the given name (make Flemish appear formal)
The Walloons
Share the French love of rhetoric and humor
-> Voluble (smooth) image
The way you say things carries a good deal of weight
Surnames tend to be used at work Regional languages west flamish
east flamish
low ditesh Lifestyle Meals/food Leisure activities Architecture Stereotypes of Belgian culture
and Belgian people Eat French fries every day and explain to every tourist that it's actually "Belgian fries"
Drink litres of beer every day
Hate the DutchHate the Walloons if he's Flemish
Hate the Flemish if he's Walloon
Go on vacation in Benidorm, Spain
Be ashamed of his national football team
Complain about his poor results during the Eurovision song contest
Laugh with the Belgian royal family
Belgians have a distrust in authority
Belgians evade taxes and do all things in black
It always rains in Belgium
The Belgian political system is a mess. Football Monuments Traditional architecture Work in Belgium Working week: no longer than 39 hours.

13th Month’s Salary & Bonuses Holidays: 1 Jan: New Year's Day 31 Mar: Easter Day 1 Apr: Easter Monday 1 May: Labor Day / May Day 9 May: Ascension Day 19-20 May: Whit
Sunday&Monday 21 Jul:Belgian National Day 15 Aug: Assumption of Mary 1 Nov: All Saints' Day 11 Nov: Armistice Day 25 Dec: Christmas Day Non-verbal communication Distance:
Far enough not to touch the person
Close enough to show interest in the conversation.
At work and with strangers more space is allotted.
Usually, Belgians do not gesture much.
Greeting :
Shake hands or kiss each other on the right cheek.
The tone of the voice is usually quiet.
Making eye contact is very important.
Showing Emotions:
Laughs and a smile well perceived.
Sadness and pain only shown to close people
Don’t: middle finger pointed upwards, tongue out, pointing at someone/something, making noise while eating, talking loudly, etc. http://www.canvas.be/programmas/het-journaal/server1-4f4f0310%3A13bae8811da%3A-6fab situations communication differences -Greeting

- Facial Expression

-others? Flemish Culture High power distance

Individualistic culture

High Uncertainty avoidance

Short – term orientation

Corporate: Familial Structure of belgium Political system political pillars:
= Separation by beliefs:
Other church, broadcasting, newspapers, state organization, trade union, political party, housing association, …
Christian Democrats
Flemish nationalism
environmentalism Social system the excellent social facilities: compulsory but cheap health insurance
unemployment benefits
a pension for all High taxes
High labor cost EU : 29.30 euro’s.
Belgium is 38.6 percent more expensive than average.
17.6 percent more expensive than Germany, France and the Netherlands. Social system Average income But the additional family allowances
lower the cost of housing and living then in Luxemburg, Zurich, London, Paris, Dublin, Kopenhagen and Amsterdam Economical system Economical crisis


Mostly service sector

Economical shift from Wallonia to Flanders Costs of education Primary school: Free of charge
Materials and trips Secondary school
Higher education registration fee:
Wallonia € 800
Flanders € 570
EU € 1 650
Brussels: 300 euro/month
Leuven: 240 euro/month Any questions? Any commets
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