Meet Pia who came to Ghent to follow her Dutch partner and then brought a piece of Slovenian tradition to this northern country: a prolific vegetable garden!
Like many Slovenians, Pia grew up surrounded by nature and people growing their own vegetables: her grandparents and her parents all tended their vegetable
Latest update: February 2019
When you decide you want to settle down in Ghent, you will probably start looking for a property to buy. With the housing prices in Ghent city growing steadily over the past few years, chances are you have to choose between two options: downsizing from your original
Sharing economy is the buzzword of this decade. It mostly refers to peer-to-peer platforms that allow people to obtain services or goods from fellow citizens, or to earn some money on the side by renting out their skills or property to perfect strangers.
Here is a short overview of the platforms
If you are looking for an English-speaking doctor (including a paediatrician, dentist, specialist …), a good source of latest information are the two useful Facebook groups: Expats in Gent and Gentse Spruiten. The latter one is a good mix of foreign expats and local, so a great information source from
Pets are family members, so they are of course coming with you on your big adventure to Ghent. While many cats and dogs are not big fans of long trips, they will undoubtedly have travelled a long distance with you to come to Belgium. 5
Belgian health insurance is based on the system of mutual health insurance funds (ziekenfonds, mutuelle, mutualiteit). The basic rule is that you need to be registered with one of these funds if you want to be eligible for reimbursement of health expenses.
For people who register as 'economically non-active EU citizens'
Anyone living in Belgium is either a beer lover themselves (or become one rapidly, I mean, how can you not find a beer you like in this country?), or has friends who come over regularly, ostensibly to visit you, but in fact just to put some more notches on their
When you move to a new city, in a country whose language you don’t speak, you want to know where can you quickly find answers to all your questions in a language you understand. Luckily, this is the age of the internet and information, and the online expat community is
If you are coming from a country with a strong tradition in winter sports, the winter time in Belgium might seem like the most boring four months of the year. With no mountains in sight and rare snowfall, you could end up getting depressed while staring at the constantly grey
The dark and cold months of winter are here and while you might be tempted to stay at home under a thick blanket with your favourite Netflix series, the world outside still has something to offer. The Belgian coast is probably not your first idea of a thrilling winter-time escape,