Belgium, officially 'Kingdom of Belgium', is a constitutional monarchy
in north-western Europe, bounded on the north by the Netherlands
and the North Sea, on the east by Germany and Luxembourg, and on
the south and south-west by France. With the Netherlands and Luxembourg,
Belgium forms the 'Low', or Benelux, countries. The area
of Belgium is 30,528 sq km. The capital and largest city is Brussels
(1 million), located in the centre of Belgium. Brussels is considered
the capital of United Europe, as it serves as the seat of the European
The population of Belgium is about 10 million people. There are
three official languages in the country: Flemish (Dutch), French
and German. That is because of the ethnic groups and minorities
that live along the country. The people of Belgium comprise primarily
two ethnic groups: the Flemings and the Walloons. The Flemings speak
Flemish, and the Walloons speak French. The predominantly Flemish
provinces are in the northern half of Belgium, called Flanders,
and the predominantly Walloon provinces are in the southern half,
called Wallonia. A German-speaking minority lives in the east.
(Ostend in English and French) lies in north-west Belgium, in West
Flanders Province, on the North Sea near Bruges. Oostende, a popular
seaside resort, was founded as a fishing village in the 9th century.
Today, it is a leading Belgian port, with important fishing and
shipbuilding industries. Oostende's current population is about
The Seaport is the main tourist attraction but also shopping in
Oostende is a journey of discovery through pedestrian streets and
shopping areas. The fascinating and colourful window displays tempt
you towards the vast arrays of fashion items and every type of product
you could dream of. Most shops are open on Sundays.
For information on how
to reach Oostende click here
Center, a modern convention facility, will serve
as the venue of the championships.
The following rates have been agreed and are
made available for accomodation in Oostende hotels.
| Rate per Room
Breakfast per person rate
| Rate per Single Room
| Rate per Double Room
|€65.69 - €104.12
| €84.28 - €133.86
|€48.38 - €59.49
| €65.69 - €78.09
|€29.75 - €44.62
| €49.58 - €61.97
Room reservations for all hotels should be made through the Toerisme
Click here for the hotel
booking form in PDF format.