Living in Wallonia

Readily-available accommodation

Are you looking to rent or buy accommodation in Wallonia? A lot of options are open to you, namely:

Renting a property

A complete overview of the accommodation available to rent is published in various newspapers and on the web. Several specialised agencies can also advise you, guide you through your options, search for the ideal accommodation for you according to your needs, your location and your budget.

Buying a property

You can acquire property by private deed of sale or by a notarial deed of sale. The two methods of acquisition have exactly the same value, as long as agreement is reached on the property and on the price between the parties. When the parties have signed a “deed of sale” document, the sale is definitive and you become the owner of your home. more information

High-quality healthcare

Health care performance in the Walloon RegionBelgium can take pride in its healthcare network, one of the most modern and efficient in the world. It comes top in the ranking of countries with medical infrastructures that meet the needs of its inhabitants (IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010).

Health insurance

In Belgium, health insurance is compulsory for employees and the self-employed. This health insurance is part of the compulsory social security contributions. For employees, contributions are deducted directly at source by the employer. The self-employed must make a voluntary contribution into a social security fund for the self-employed.

Thanks to this system, healthcare provision is almost free and of a very high standard.
You are also required to take out the private health insurance of your choice, which will ensure the (partial or total) refund (according to the type of service provided) of medical care and the purchase of certain drugs.

Choosing a doctor or a dentist

In Wallonia, you are free to choose your doctor as well as your healthcare providers (physiotherapist, nurses, hospitals). Even if it is up to each doctor to decide on the amount of the fees they charge, some doctors who have a “conventionné” status apply pre-established rates, in line with the refund allowance of the private health insurance funds. After each consultation, the doctor issues you with a consultation certificate that will allow you to be refunded by your private health insurance.

Clinics and hospitals

They come in different forms: public hospitals, private hospitals, university clinics, polyclinics. The public and private hospitals (some of which are university hospitals) operate with teams of doctors with a very varied range of specialities.

Contrary to other European countries, you are free to pick the care and health institutions of your choosing.
Most of the large hospitals and clinics also have an accident and emergency department where a doctor can be consulted at any time of the day or night and on weekends and public holidays.

Easy travel

Wallonia has transport networks covering the country’s main destinations and that offer fast links to Europe’s major cities.

The densest road network in the world*

With more than 900 km of fast-flowing motorways interconnected to the European network, Wallonia has a modern mesh of communication routes adapted to the demands of international companies. This road network serves 200 industrial parks that are home to several thousand companies.
*source : IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2010

Rail

The Belgian railway network is a maze of more than 3,400 km of tracks that come together to form a functional and fast network. Several attractive packages are available for rail travel depending on the age of the user, the frequency of travel, the destination, etc.

International rail connections are ensured by 470 Thalys (high-speed trains) which whiz through four countries every week: Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. In 2010, the Thalys transported more than 6.45 million passengers.

The airports

Brussels South Charleroi Airport :

Situated only 46 km from Brussels and accessible by motorway, Brussels South Charleroi airport today offers no fewer than 87 destinations and passed the 5 million transported passengers barrier in 2010. Directly linked to Brussels by more than 20 daily shuttles, Brussels South Charleroi offers a broad range of services, making it one of Europe’s most popular airports.


Liege airport :

Located at the centre of the Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt triangle,  Liege airport has opted for a strategy that is unique in Europe by choosing full cargo as its main line of development.

This clear positioning has made Liege airport a reference, one that is today recognised by all industry experts and players world-wide.

299,043 passengers passed through the airport in 2010.

The waterways

In Wallonia, more than 450 km of rivers and canals are used for commercial navigation and waterway tourism. These waterways are an essential crossroads in the European network with direct links to the two largest sea port terminals. 9,000-tonne ships come up from Rotterdam and Antwerp to Liege. The Autonomous Port of Liege (PAL) is Europe’s third river port.

 

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