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Brussels, the capital of Flanders

Brussels: City hall

Flanders chose Brussels as its capital. Brussels is part and parcel of the international political, economic and cultural stage. From a historical point of view, Brussels has always been a bilingual city with a rich Dutch cultural past. Although the Flemish are now in a slight minority in Brussels, they still love their capital's cultural life, international atmosphere and openness to other cultures.

When you walk through Brussels , the city evokes an international feeling. Since Flanders shares its capital with Belgium and Europe, many international institutions and companies have their headquarters in Brussels: the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO... . From that perspective, Brussels attracts a lot of expatriates.

Brussels is also the seat of the Flemish Government, the Flemish Parliament and part of the Flemish public administration.

Brussels' governing body is the Brussels Regional Government, in which French and Dutch-speaking citizens are equally represented. This body is based on the Belgian federal model and rests on a system of mutual balances to prevent either region or language group from gaining a dominant position.

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