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Brussels (French: Bruxelles, Dutch: Brussel) is the capital city of Belgium and of Brussels Capital Region. It is entirely surrounded by Dutch-speaking Flanders and its constituent Flemish Brabant province. As headquarters of many European institutions, Brussels might also be considered something of a capital for the European Union. Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) and playing an important role in Europe, Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal "melting pot", but still retains its own unique character. The population of the city of Brussels is 1 million and the population of Brussels metropolitan area is just over 2 million.

When Brussels became the capital city of a new country in the 19th century, many buildings in the old town were destroyed to make way for brand new ministries, palaces, schools, army barracks and office blocks constructed between 1880 and 1980. The historic Flemish town centers are better preserved in other cities: Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Courtray, Leuven and Mechelen.

Country:
Belgium
Region:
Europe
Population:
960,000 people
Safe tap water:
Yes, drinkable
Internet speed:
60 Mbps
Best wireless carrier:
Best coffee:
Workshop Café
Cashless society:
Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
Best taxi app:
Gender ratio (% man):
53 %
Power:
230V50Hz
Ambulance:
112
Fire department:
112
Police:
112

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