The Brussels region has introduced a raft of new measures from 1 January that aim to make the rental market simpler and more transparent for tenants and landlords alike.
The federal traffic police have a new fleet of customised cars for 2018. The first of the new Volvo V90s hit the roads in Aalter, East Flanders, last week.
About 45,000 people braved the rain and strong winds to see in the new year at the Atomium.
Organisers had been keeping a close eye on the weather - after several firework displays in Flanders had to be cancelled, including in Ostend and Bruges.
Belgium becomes a bit smaller at midnight on 1 January, because of a land swap with the Netherlands.
Traffic jams in Belgium are getting worse and worse, according to an end-of-year study by motorists' association Touring Mobilis.
The terror threat level in Belgium could be reduced from 3 to 2 in the coming months, interior minister Jan Jambon has suggested.