Belgium has three official languages:
- Dutch, spoken by about 60% of the population (Flanders and Brussels)
- French, spoken by about 39% of the population (Wallonia and Brussels)
- German, spoken by about 1% of the population in the eastern part of the country.
The official conference language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.
Emergency and Health
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 112.
Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel’s reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 112. Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered.
Health and Immunizations
Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to Belgium, but please check with your local embassy as requirements may change.
Telephones and Electricity
Telephones International dialing codes
- Belgium: +(32)
- The Netherlands: +(31)
- Germany +(49)
The standard electrical voltage in Belgium is 230 volts AC, 50Hz. The electrical outlets in Belgium take two-pronged, round-pin plugs. We recommend that you purchase an adaptor for your electrical equipment prior to your arrival.
Average Temperature for September is 11 – 19 Celsius. We recommend bringing some wet-weather gear for the occasional rain shower.
Temperature is given in degrees Celsius.
Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply Celsius by 1.8 and add 32 to convert to Fahrenheit.
Tap water is safe to drink in Hasselt.