The Pros and Cons of living in Belgium


The European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

Have you ever thought of moving to another country? Do you ever consider to move and stay for a more extended period to live in Belgium? Then this article is for you it tells the importance of the pros and cons of living in Belgium.

Pros of living in Belgium
Housing

There is no such difficulty in buying a house in Belgium; it involved awareness, and it is crucial that you have adequate information before going to purchase a home. You will presumably need to take out a mortgage. After signing the notarial deed you own the property officially; on the other hand, you will pay the annual property tax, and you need to pay home insurance too.

Renting an apartment or a house in Belgium it is easy provided that both parties are agreed with the agreement requires. The necessary requirement is a ‘lease of contract’ that should be settled with writing. There must be at least three copies of the ( lease of contract ), one print for the tenant, one for the lessor, and one for the registry office.

Another thing that the Belgium government option is social housing, it is for people or families with a limited income. Social housing is the responsibility of the regions; the conditions in this matter vary from one area to another. There is a specific procedure to follow on this matter, you need to go to the (Openbaar Centrum voor Maatschappelijk Welzijn) OCMW in short for registration purposes, you are being asked to bring a copy from your bank statement and your work contract from your employer to understand your standard of living. After that, you wait for them to call you; they do their best possible way to help those who are in need.



Child Benefits

The Belgium government offers great money to parents in any household; two months before the child is due to be born the mother will receive the amount in the earliest time as a start paying for the child benefits. You can obtain a maximum of six children at the same time as a help for their need until they reach 18 years old. On the other hand, when your child is studying, the following apprenticeship or seeking for work until the age of 25 you are still receiving a child benefits… This child benefits it doesn’t just apply to parents biological children but also for adopted children, stepchildren, foster children and children that are being raised as a parent own. In the case of handicap children, they are entitled to higher payment until they reach 21 years old. The amount of the child benefit will be made every month.

Another instances, if your child is born outside the European Economic Area ( EEA ), your child is entitled to child benefits from the first day of the month of the birth. And if not already entitled to child benefits in another country in accordance to a parents employment with an international institution such as the United Nations; your child receives maintenance in a country with which Belgium has a concluded deal for child benefits. Currently, Belgium has an agreement for child benefits with the following countries: Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia; which are not part of the European Union ( EU ). If your child is raised in one of those countries you receive the child benefit from Belgium for a maximum of four children. This is an extra great help to everyone who raises a child for their needs.

Freedom

There is much freedom in Belgium, – freedom of speech is comprehensively exercised by the politician who voices out almost anything that they allowed to say everything. Then there is a right for protesting. When a large group is not satisfied with something, they exercise their rights and start to complain. However, the police officers typically are around to make sure that nobody will get harm when things turn out of control. Usually, when there is a riot, it doesn’t go out of hand.

Also, regardless, of religion, everyone has the right to exercise their own belief with no hassle. The right to be who you are as a person is an expression that you’re free in almost anything.

Infrastructure

The road in Belgium is built on high condition. There are no potholes, half-finished or dangerous roadways. The government has a lot of funds to fix the pavement whenever it seems impossible to drive through it.

Public Transportation

There is much public transportation in Belgium. Trams, trains, metros and buses. Granted that trains and buses are sometimes delayed however they will get you to where you need to be. The prices of public transportation are reasonable, and everybody has a chance to go where they want to be.

Cons of living in Belgium
Language

Belgium has three official languages, namely: Dutch, French and German; the Flemish region all speak Dutch 55% – making the most widely spoken language in the country, followed by the French community, the part of Wallonia 40 %. The least is German spoken official native word. These three languages are difficult to learn and it is very challenging too. Unfortunately, most Belgian communicate in English, so it is easy to be understood.

Racism

However, there is still a lot ( hidden ) racism in Belgium. When you’re particularly at school or on the streets; you might not get an attack, or they may not wail at you, but the racism is there… Racism often happens during job interviews discussing blackface character, Black Pete, short people and so on.

Taxes

Taxes are high in Belgium, it is considered as the world number one highest income tax rate with 42%. The Belgian needs to pay over a lot of taxes.


© Leonie M.