Belgium

Belgium is situated in the west of Europe and shares borders with the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France. Belgium has one of the highest population densities in Europe. It is a federal state with a parliamentary democracy and has three levels of government – the federal government, the federated entities and the local governments. The Belgian health system is based on the principle of social insurance characterized by solidarity between the rich and poor, healthy and sick people and with no selection of risk. Source: Health Systems in Transition (HiT) Belgium

WHO Representation to the European Union

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Health needs top priority after Albania’s devastating quake

During the evening of November 25, Piro, a young architect from Tirana, Albania, had just finished setting up the Christmas tree at his home. "I fixed it firmly so it could survive an earthquake," he joked with his fiancée. A few hours later, just before dawn, a massive jolt shook their building. The strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Western Albania lasted for nearly 30 seconds.

WHO/Europe offices

WHO European Centre for Health Policy
Place Victor Horta 40/10
Brussels B-1060
Tel.: +32 2 524 9242, +32 2 524 9240

WHO Office at the European Union
Eurostation 5E
Place Victor Horta, 40/10
Brussels 1060
Tel.: +32 2 506 46 61

Ministry of health

Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
Eurostation II
Place Victor Horta, 40, bte 10
Brussels B-1060
Tel.: +32 2 220 20 11
Fax: +32 2 220 20 67
https://www.health.belgium.be/en/about-fps

Data and statistics

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Estimated life expectancy. (World Health Report) (as of 2009)

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