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THE BI-LINGUAL PHOENIX

Where Dutch Flanders meets French Wallonia, this country has provided the world with its famous fine chocolate, Belgian ale, fried potato wedges and waffles. Rising from the ashes as the World War I and II battleground, the capital region of Brussels is the unofficial capital of the European Union, created to promote peace and cooperation within the continent.

There are three regions: Flanders in the North, where Flemish Dutch is spoken; Wallonia in the South, where French is spoken; and Brussels, the capital of Belgium, which is officially bilingual in French and Dutch. German and English are also very commonly spoken in Belgium, mostly in the larger cities.

Regions and Provinces of Belgium

Flanders

Dutch (Flemish)-speaking — West Flanders, East Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, Flemish Brabant:
Antwerp city, Ghent, Bruges, canals

Brussels

Bilingual (French-Dutch) capital city, unofficial capital of the EU (European Union), surrounded by Flemish Brabant

Wallonia

French-speaking — Walloon Brabant, Hainaut, Namur, Liège, Luxembourg:
Dinant, saxophone, rocky hills and deep valleys of the Ardennes, Spa, Tournai, German-speaking eastern Liège


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