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new country - new friends, how do you meet them?

Originally Russian I went to Sweden few years ago to study and thus making new friends was incredibly easy in this international student community. Now I got a job offer in Belgium and now "trying it out" for a couple of months before deciding for sure. I like moving around and did quite a lot of relocation but what I found a bit difficult now is getting new aquaintances and making new friends since I started to work.
I'm not so into hanging out with my collegues after work 8and they don't have such practise here anyway) plus I don't speak Dutch (perhaps I'll start learning but it takes time anyway to become fluent enough) and I guess this puts the locals off...
So I failed to make any friends here so far and thusthe question arises: how do you do that when arriving to the new country?:)