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Belgium – Truly Cosmopolitan

Europe is a world leader for its cultural diversity, and this is in part thanks to a long history of immigration between nations; however, some parts of Europe are particularly cosmopolitan – and a nation such as Belgium is uniquely so, thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and languages.

One of the reasons why Belgium is so culturally rich is due to the diversity of official languages, and associated cultural input. Anyone moving to Belgium will immediately notice that there is no single dominant language and Dutch, French and German are spoken and taught in schools as official languages.

To confound the matter there are also loads of minority languages spoken there as well, including “Walloon“ and even Yiddish. This prevalence of diverse languages in the nation might seem daunting to anyone moving to Belgium from the UK, maybe with nothing more than a bit of GCSE French to go on, however, instead, it should comfort the British emigre that Belgium is so welcoming of immigrants to the nation.

As well as a diversity of languages, Belgium enjoys a truly unique culture; and the cuisine of Belgium, for example, greatly benefits from a variety of cultural influences; and in particular there is a strong influence from French cooking styles – which can only be a good thing!

So, whilst Belgium mightn’t be the top of your list for European destinations, moving to Belgium could be the portal onto a truly satisfying life – amongst one of the most special and diverse cultures on the planet!

German Cuisine: Beyond the Bratwurst!

On the world stage, German cuisine does not hold a  better reputation than the UK’s – and that’s saying something! However, just as there’s much more to UK cuisine than fish and chips, when if comes to German food – there’s a little more to it than the Bratwurst.

Probably due to our similar histories/cultures, there is a lot of a common ground between what we eat in the UK and what Germans eat – which will come as some comfort for anyone moving to Germany who doesn’t have the most adventurous palette.

There are, however, enough gastronomical differences to excite the food connoisseur moving to Germany. And whilst much of the food you’ll find in Germany will bear a passing resemblance to food you’ll find in the UK, things are often done a little differently.

For example, anyone moving to Germany will notice the prevalence of pickled vegetables, such as sauerkraut, which often accompany meals; Germans also love their breads, and therefore you’ll find a lot of bakeries, offering, for example, pretzels; and whilst it is not the be all and end all of German cuisine, the Bratwurst and other quality sausages also prevail in the country, making it an ideal place to live if that sort of thing is your cup of tea – or should be “stein of German beer”.

Whatever the reason for moving to germany – whether its the cuisine or otherwise – with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take the hassle out of European removals.

A Few Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Belgium

For anyone planning on emigrating from the UK, Belgium is perhaps not at the top of your list as a potential destination. However, there are a variety of reasons why moving to Belgium could actually be the best decision that you will ever make.

If you like beer, then its fair to say that Belgium is a bit of a paradise and despite its relatively modest size, it produces around 800 different beers – and you thought us Brits like beer! Relocating to Belgium has never been more excting.

Of course Belgium isn’t all about beer – the chocolate is also world-renowned. Belgium is also one of the most cultured countries on the planet, with a history even to rival our own. Did you know, for example, that in 1066 the city of Huy in Belgium received a charter of rights, making it the oldest free city on the continent.

Maybe these are some of the reasons behind the fact that Belgium grants more new citizenships per year second only to Canada, ensuring that by moving to Belgium you will not only be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll have something in common with 15% of the population.

Don’t worry even if you haven’t considered moving to Belgium before, because at European Removal Experts we certainly have. That is why we are able to offer door to door removals throughout Belgium, and can offer our services either on a part or full load basis, whether your moving to Belgium or you simply want to make a delivery.