Ghent, as a city where most people speak Dutch, is a capital of the East Flanders province. This city is an ideal place for those who don`t want to live in the countryside or in overcrowded cities. In the Middle Ages Ghent was one of the richest cities in Europe and the second largest city after Paris. So now this city has a big historical heritage. The city center of Ghent even today can impress everybody by its breathtaking medieval atmosphere. Furthermore, people in this city are very open-minded, friendly and tolerant.
Belgium is famous for high-level medical care. In Ghent you can find a lot of good general practitioners and specialists. You are free to choose your personal physician. There is one interesting fact that you can visit even more than one physician, but when you choose your GP, your insurance gives you more reimbursement. If you need to visit a specialist, you can do it easily because waiting periods are short, services are not very expensive and it is not obligatory to have a referral form from your physician.
Belgium is a country with High Proficiency in English, so it is easy to find a doctor who speaks English well. Moreover, in case of emergency all the operators speak English too.
Medications in Belgium are provided only by pharmacies. Most of them don`t work on Saturdays, Sundays and at night. But there is the list of open pharmacies on every closed one.
If you live in Belgium you have to be insured. However, you can choose whether you will be treated in private or state sector. So when you visit a doctor you have to pay, but part of these fees will be reimbursed through Belgian health insurance fund.
Belgium is on the 18th place in the world according to the United Nations Education Index. In Belgium two communities organize higher education: the Flemish Community and the French Community. Moreover, according to PISA-study Dutch-speaking students have higher scores than German-speaking and French-speaking students in Belgium. There are 3 types of degree programmes in Belgium such as: bachelor, master and doctoral. Here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Ghent.
Ghent, as a city with a marine west coast climate, is considered as a place with cool winters and summers (a relatively narrow annual temperature range). The average temperature in summer is 17°C (62 °F) and in winter 2°C (35 °F).
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Ghent, as a safe city, has a safety level of 76% safe according to Numbeo’s rating. That`s why it is not easy to find some information about problems in this city. And about crime, Belgium is very safe for residents.
Ghent, as the largest city in East Flanders, is famous for the port that is the third largest one in Belgium. A lot of expats are employed in technical positions at the port. Furthermore, there is another major sector of the economy in Ghent. It includes research and development. Private corporations are also headquartered in this city. That`s why Ghent can be considered as a good place for professional relocation.
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