Removals from Dublin to Belgium
Belgium is located in North West of Europe. Its neighbours are with France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe. With a population of around 11m, it is fairly densely populated for its size, especially in the urban areas.
Belgium is famous for its chocolate and its beer, but it is also the centre of European politics with the EU parliament located in Brussels, its capital city. The official languages are Dutch and French. About 60% of the population speak Dutch compared with approx. 40% speaking French. You are also likely to hear some German and even Flemish. Many locals also speak excellent English.
Where to stay
The country is divided into three different regions. About 58% of the population live in the Flanders region in the North of the country. This is the most industrial area. Most of the population here speak Dutch or, to a lesser extent, Flemish. The Wallonia Region in the south accounts for 11% of the population. The language here is French and the main industries are aerospace, transport and logistics. Brussels, although a city, also constitutes a distinct region. It is the nation’s capital and home of the European Union. It is officially bilingual giving Dutch and French equal status.
As well as Brussels there are plenty of other popular cities you might want to live in. These include the historic town of Bruges, with its many canals, and Antwerp which has a large English speaking population. In addition, there many popular suburbs for families who don’t want to be live in the city centre. Belgium has good transportation links. This makes it is easier to commute to the main cities giving you more choice about where you live.
As EU citizens, Irish nationals have a right to work in Brussels. The kind of work available depends on which part of the country you go to. So, if you are moving there to work, this may determine your choice of location.
The north is more industrial, while work in Brussels often focuses around the administration of the EU. Many people working for international organisations move to Belgium for work reasons. With this also comes a big demand for service industries making this sector a major employer.
Cost of living
Overall it is cheaper to live in Belgium than in Ireland. Average salaries are a little lower but you can buy more for your Euro. This is especially true when it comes to the major essentials such as rent and transport and fuel. All of these work out cheaper.
A one bedroom flat in central Brussels will cost between €800 and €900. Keep in mind, however, that rent often just covers the property. Furnished accommodation is less common in Belgium than in Ireland. You might have to buy or bring not only furniture but also appliances and white goods.
Once you decide to move, find a good international removal company. At Get Cracking we have plenty of experience of Trans-European removals. We offer advice as well as a professional packing service to make sure everything arrives safely.