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My Gent: Gardening in Ghent

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

How to see a doctor in Gent

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

Bringing your pet with you

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

How to get health insurance in Belgium

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'

Basic information in English

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

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