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KA Friends in Belgium - Romain Ferri

Romain is a Belgian student who spent two weeks at Kilmarnock Academy during March 2006.

He seemed to enjoy his visit to Scotland and was kind enough to tell us a bit about his home city in Belgium.

My name is Romain Ferri and I come from Huy, in Belgium .


Huy is a nice city crossed by a river,la Meuse . There's an old fortified castle on the hill and a collegial built in the 14 th century.


There's also “la grand place”  


where the “hotel de ville” is situated.


Lots of young people go there and meet each other and drink a pint in one of the three pubs for students, pupils, or just young people. Lots of entertainments are organised there all the year.

In Huy we've got also a nice cable car


which starts from the left side of the river, makes a stop at the top of the castle and then arrives next to a small attraction park called “Le Mont Mosan”,


where you can see some sealions who put on a show for you.

I hope you will come and visit me in that small but really nice city.

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Kingdom of Belgium
Total Area
11,779.98 sq mi
30,510.00 sq km
10,241,506 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
Dutch 58%, French 32%, German 10%, legally bilingual
98.0% total, N/A% male, N/A% female
Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
Life Expectancy
74.47 male, 81.3 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch
1 Belgian franc (BF) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita)
$23,900 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
services 73%, industry 25%, agriculture 2% (1999 est.)
engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum, coal
sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco; beef, veal, pork, milk
Arable Land
machinery and equipment, chemicals, diamonds, metals and metal products
machinery and equipment, chemicals, metals and metal products
Natural Resources
coal, natural gas
Current Environmental Issues
the environment is exposed to intense pressures from human activities: urbanization, dense transportation network, industry, intense animal breeding and crop cultivation; air and water pollution also have repercussions for neighboring countries; uncertainties regarding federal and regional responsibilities (now resolved) have impeded progress in tackling environmental challenges
Telephones (main lines in use)
4.632 million (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
664,000 (1999)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
51 (1999)