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Belgium Facts & Information

 Location Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
 Climate Temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
 Terrain Flat coastal plains in northwest, central rolling hills, rugged mountains of Ardennes Forest in southeast
 Population 10,289,088
 Nationality Belgian
 Ethnic groups Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%
 Religions Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
 Languages Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
 Government Type Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch
 Capital Brussels
 Description of Flag The Belgium flag has three equal vertical stripes. The color of the flag's stripes from left to right are black, yellow, and red. The flag of Belgium was based on the flag of France.
 Belgium Flag Flag of Belgium

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Belgian Culture

Belgium’s culture or cultures is divided between the Flemish north and French-speaking south. Though both cultures are prevalent, Brussels is more closely associated with the French-speaking Belgians. This culture’s tastes are very similar to that of Parisians. Brussels Belgians love the visual arts as well as the performing arts. The National Orchestra and the National Opera House are internationally acclaimed and the city is home to over 30 independent theatres.

In addition, Brussels’ cityscape is an artistic creation in itself. Alternative Rock music seems to have caught on amongst the city’s hot, young crowd. Brussels’ media rivals Paris’ for being the most uninhibited. It wouldn’t be strange to see an advertisement hanging along side the city’s tallest building with a fully revealed woman on it. Belgians are fun, friendly, and hip people that have a great sense of humor.

Let Brussels’ warm culture welcome you.

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Brussels Shopping

Brussels has in its credits a few choice shopping areas. Namely the pedestrian only rue Neuve that runs through the old city centre and the Sablon and ave Louise areas in upper town. Along rue Neuve you’ll find shops ranging from trendy boutiques to large department stores as well as several indoor shopping malls. On and around ave Louise is where you’ll find the best luxury shopping. In addition, Brussels hosts a number of outdoor markets. The biggest is held every Sunday (7am-2pm) on the

streets adjacent to Gare du Midi.


Brussels Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Brussels. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 La Grande Ecluse 77 boulevard Poincar 2-522 30 2 Belgian
 James Joyce 34 rue Archim?de 2-230 98 9 Irish Bar
 La Quincaillerie rue du Page 45 2-533 98 38 Belgian
 The Fuse 208 Rue Blaes 2 511 9789 Bar
 O'Reilly's 1 place de la Bourse 2-552 04 80 Irish Pub
 Canne ? Sucre 12 rue des Pigeons 2-513 03 7 Caribbean
 In 't Spinnekopke 1 place du Jardin aux Fleurs 2-511 86 9 Belgian
 La Roue d'Or 26 rue des Chapeliers 2-514 25 54 Belgian
 Las Castanuelas 132 rue St?vin 2-280 00 81 Spanish
 La Meilleure Jeunesse 58 rue de l'Aurore 2-640 2394 French
 La Bonne Humeur 244 chauss?e de Louvain 2-230 71 6 Belgian
 Kasbah 20 rue Antoine Dansaert 2-520 40 2 Moroccan
 Chez L?on 18 rue des Bouchers 2-511 14 1 Belgian
 Au Stekerlaplatte 4 rue des Pr?tres 2-512 86 8 Belgian
 Celtica 55 rue du March? aux Poulets 2-514 22 Pub
 Drug Opera Rue Grety, 51 2 218 1837 Belgian
 Samourai 28 rue du Foss? aux Loups 2-217 56 39 Japanese
 Les Brasseries Georges 259 avenue Winston Churchill 2-347 21 00 Belgian
 Al Barmaki 67 rue des Eperonniers 2-513 08 3 Lebanese
 Rosticceria Fiorentina 45 rue Archim?de 2-734 92 36 Italian
 L'Idiot du Village 19 rue Notre Seigneur 2-502 55 8 Bistro
 Apocalypse 20 avenue Adolphe Buyl 2-647 07 1 Vietnamese
 Beursschouwburg Rue Marche Aux Charbons 76-78 2 502 12 1 Bar
 Le Fils de Jules 35 rue du Page 2-534 00 57 Brasserie
 Le Roi des Belges 34 rue Jukes Van Praet 2 503 43 00 Bar
 Gioconda-Store 76 rue de l'Aqueduc 2-539 32 9 Italian
 Mieux Vaut Boire Ici Qu'en Face 40 rue Alphonse de Witte 2-644 30 31 European
 Zebra Bar 34 Place St Gery 2 511 0901 Bar
 Tour D'y Voir Place du Grand Sablon 8-9 2 511 40 43 French
 Biodrome Rue Marche Aux Charbons 76-78 2 502 12 1 Vegetarian
 comocomo Antoine Dansaert 19 02 503 03 30 Fast Food
 Da Kao 38 rue Antoine Dansaert 2-512 67 1 Vietnamese
 La Manufacture 12 rue Notre-Dame du Sommeil 2-502 25 2 European
 Kitty O'Shea's 42 boulevard Charlemagne 2-230 78 7 Irish Pub


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