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The heart of Europe

As the capital of an expanding Europe, Brussels is an international city like no other. Thirty percent of the population is of foreign origin, and this creates a unique atmosphere in which cultures mix and mingle easily together. There is a plethora of organisations, associations, clubs and societies designed for expatriates. There are also many public bodies set up for newcomers.

Historically, as an international city located at the crossroads of the Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Germanic cultures, Brussels has been a centre of trade and culture for centuries.

Compared with other international capitals, Brussels is a city with multiple overlapping capital functions and unique characteristics. As the headquarters of regional, national and international institutions, Brussels represents various geographic territories. Among those roles, the most notable is that of capital of the European Union.


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