Brussels

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union. It hosts a number of principal EU and international institutions, like the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the European Council, a lot of embassies, and the NATO.

The name Brussels may not be that well-known, but there are still a lot of things linked to it that are very famous around the world: Brussels waffles, Brussels sprouts, Brussels lace and velvet, and so on.

Brussels is one of the most international cities in the world: 27% of the population is made up of foreigners, not including those who have taken Belgian citizenship. It is officially bilingual (Dutch and French), as you can see on the street names, road signs, advertisements and services, but the majority of the people only speak French. However, Brussels is becoming more multilingual thanks to the increasing amount of migrants, expatriates and minority groups who speak their home languages.

Brussels is mostly well-known for the Grand-Place, the Atomium, Manneken-Pis, Mini-Europe, Statue of Europe, Bozar, and the Red Light District. It has expertise in brewing some of the finest beers, with 450 varieties of beer such as Geuze and Kriek. Those beers are served in every restaurant, café or bar. Brussels also produces 172,000 tons of chocolate every year and its world renowned brands of praline chocolates are Neuhaus, Leonidas and Godiva.

Brussels has its own film festival, called the international fantasy film festival or BIFFF. This two-weeks festival is scheduled yearly in March and really is a must see.

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