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Aachen or Bad Aachen, French and traditional English: Aix-la-Chapelle, is a spa and border city.
The Palace of the Academies (Paleis der Academiën, Palais des Académies) is a neoclassical palace in Brussels, situated on the Place des Palais / Paleizenplein by the Royal Palace of Brussels and the Brussels Park.
ADEPS is an administrative service of the Ministry of the French Community of Belgium charged with the promotion of sport and physical education amongst the population of the French-speaking community.
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent (behind Asia in both categories).
Agnosticism is the view that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable.
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region.
Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based air traffic controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace.
Airspace is the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a country above its territory, including its territorial waters or, more generally, any specific three-dimensional portion of the atmosphere.
Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Netherlands.
Ancienne Belgique (French for "Old Belgium") is a concert hall for contemporary music in Brussels, Belgium.
Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe is a transnational composite nature UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompassing forests in 12 countries of Europe.
Anderlecht is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region.
André Waterkeyn (23 August 1917 – 4 October 2005) was a Belgian engineer, born in Wimbledon, best known for creating the Atomium.
Anglicanism is a Western Christian tradition that evolved out of the practices, liturgy and identity of the Church of England following the Protestant Reformation.
Anna Rosalie Boch (10 February 1848 – 25 February 1936) was a Belgian painter, born in Saint-Vaast, Hainaut.
Sir Anthony van Dyck (many variant spellings; 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and the Southern Netherlands.
Anthony, Duke of Brabant, also known as Antoine de Brabant, Antoine de Bourgogne and Anthony of Burgundy (August 1384 – 25 October 1415, at the battle of Agincourt), was Duke of Brabant, Lothier and Limburg.
A true antique (antiquus; "old", "ancient") is an item perceived as having value because of its aesthetic or historical significance, and often defined as at least 100 years old (or some other limit), although the term is often used loosely to describe any objects that are old.
Antwerp (Antwerpen, Anvers) is a city in Belgium, and is the capital of Antwerp province in Flanders.
Arabic (العَرَبِيَّة) or (عَرَبِيّ) or) is a Central Semitic language that first emerged in Iron Age northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe peoples living from Mesopotamia in the east to the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in northwestern Arabia, and in the Sinai peninsula. Arabic is classified as a macrolanguage comprising 30 modern varieties, including its standard form, Modern Standard Arabic, which is derived from Classical Arabic. As the modern written language, Modern Standard Arabic is widely taught in schools and universities, and is used to varying degrees in workplaces, government, and the media. The two formal varieties are grouped together as Literary Arabic (fuṣḥā), which is the official language of 26 states and the liturgical language of Islam. Modern Standard Arabic largely follows the grammatical standards of Classical Arabic and uses much of the same vocabulary. However, it has discarded some grammatical constructions and vocabulary that no longer have any counterpart in the spoken varieties, and has adopted certain new constructions and vocabulary from the spoken varieties. Much of the new vocabulary is used to denote concepts that have arisen in the post-classical era, especially in modern times. During the Middle Ages, Literary Arabic was a major vehicle of culture in Europe, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy. As a result, many European languages have also borrowed many words from it. Arabic influence, mainly in vocabulary, is seen in European languages, mainly Spanish and to a lesser extent Portuguese, Valencian and Catalan, owing to both the proximity of Christian European and Muslim Arab civilizations and 800 years of Arabic culture and language in the Iberian Peninsula, referred to in Arabic as al-Andalus. Sicilian has about 500 Arabic words as result of Sicily being progressively conquered by Arabs from North Africa, from the mid 9th to mid 10th centuries. Many of these words relate to agriculture and related activities (Hull and Ruffino). Balkan languages, including Greek and Bulgarian, have also acquired a significant number of Arabic words through contact with Ottoman Turkish. Arabic has influenced many languages around the globe throughout its history. Some of the most influenced languages are Persian, Turkish, Spanish, Urdu, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Bosnian, Kazakh, Bengali, Hindi, Malay, Maldivian, Indonesian, Pashto, Punjabi, Tagalog, Sindhi, and Hausa, and some languages in parts of Africa. Conversely, Arabic has borrowed words from other languages, including Greek and Persian in medieval times, and contemporary European languages such as English and French in modern times. Classical Arabic is the liturgical language of 1.8 billion Muslims and Modern Standard Arabic is one of six official languages of the United Nations. All varieties of Arabic combined are spoken by perhaps as many as 422 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world, making it the fifth most spoken language in the world. Arabic is written with the Arabic alphabet, which is an abjad script and is written from right to left, although the spoken varieties are sometimes written in ASCII Latin from left to right with no standardized orthography.
The Arabic language family consists of all of the descendants of Proto-Arabic, including.
The city of Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements municipaux, administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements (pronounced in French).
Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. Art Deco influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theatres, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners.
Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and applied art, especially the decorative arts, that was most popular between 1890 and 1910.
As the crow flies, similar to in a beeline, is an idiom for the most direct path between two points.
Atheism is, in the broadest sense, the absence of belief in the existence of deities.
Atlanta is the capital city and most populous municipality of the state of Georgia in the United States.
The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world's oceans with a total area of about.
The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo 58).
Auderghem (former Dutch spelling, now used in French; pronounced) or Oudergem is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
The Austrian Netherlands (Oostenrijkse Nederlanden; Pays-Bas Autrichiens; Österreichische Niederlande; Belgium Austriacum) was the larger part of the Southern Netherlands between 1714 and 1797.
The avant-garde (from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard", literally "fore-guard") are people or works that are experimental, radical, or unorthodox with respect to art, culture, or society.
Avenue Louise (French) or Louizalaan (Dutch) is a major thoroughfare in Brussels.
Baroque architecture is the building style of the Baroque era, begun in late 16th-century Italy, that took the Roman vocabulary of Renaissance architecture and used it in a new rhetorical and theatrical fashion, often to express the triumph of the Catholic Church.
The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur, Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart) is a Roman Catholic Minor Basilica and parish church in Brussels, Belgium.
The Battle of Nancy was the final and decisive battle of the Burgundian Wars, fought outside the walls of Nancy on 5 January 1477 by Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, against René II, Duke of Lorraine, and the Swiss Confederacy.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Beech (Fagus) is a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia, and North America.
Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world, and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea.
Beer in Belgium varies from pale lager via the amber of special and lambic beer, red of Flemish red, to black of Scotch and Stout beers.
Beijing, formerly romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's second most populous city proper, and most populous capital city.
The BEL 20 is the benchmark stock market index of Euronext Brussels.
Belga is a Belgian news agency which was founded in 1920 as the Agence télégraphique belge de presse by Pierre-Marie Olivier and Maurice Travailleur.
The Belgian Comic Strip Center (Centre belge de la Bande dessinée, Belgisch Stripcentrum) is a museum in Brussels, located in the Rue des Sables /Zandstraat 20, dedicated to Belgian comics.
Belgian comics are a distinct subgroup in the comics history, and played a major role in the development of European comics, alongside France with whom they share a long common history.
Belgian cuisine is widely varied with significant regional variations while also reflecting the cuisines of neighbouring France, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Belgian Federal Parliament is the bicameral parliament of Belgium.
The Belgian First Division A is the top league competition for association football clubs in Belgium.
Belgian French (français de Belgique) is the variety of French spoken mainly among the French Community of Belgium, alongside related Oïl languages of the region such as Walloon, Picard, Champenois and Lorrain (Gaumais).
Belgian National Day (Nationale feestdag van België; Fête nationale belge; Belgischer Nationalfeiertag) is the national holiday of Belgium celebrated on 21 July each year.
Belgium controlled two colonies during its history: the Belgian Congo from 1885 to 1960 and Ruanda-Urundi from 1916 to 1962.
The Belgian Revolution (Belgische Revolution) was the conflict which led to the secession of the southern provinces (mainly the former Southern Netherlands) from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the establishment of an independent Kingdom of Belgium.
The Belgian Second Division (known as the Proximus League for sponsorship reasons) was the second-highest division in the Belgian football league system, one level below the Belgian Pro League.
In North America, Belgian waffles are a variety of waffle with a lighter batter, larger squares, and deeper pockets than ordinary American waffles.
Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg.
The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904.
The Belgium national rugby union team is administered by the Belgian Rugby Federation.
The BELvue Museum (Musée BELvue, BELvue Museum) is a museum in Brussels, Belgium that focuses on the history of Belgium.
The Benelux Union (Benelux Unie; Union Benelux) is a politico-economic union of three neighbouring states in western Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
The Berber languages, also known as Berber or the Amazigh languages (Berber name: Tamaziɣt, Tamazight; Neo-Tifinagh: ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ, Tuareg Tifinagh: ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗⵜ, ⵝⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗⵝ), are a branch of the Afroasiatic language family.
Berbers or Amazighs (Berber: Imaziɣen, ⵉⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗⴻⵏ; singular: Amaziɣ, ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵗ) are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa, primarily inhabiting Algeria, northern Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, northern Niger, Tunisia, Libya, and a part of western Egypt.
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (Sint-Agatha-Berchem) station is a railway station in the municipality of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe in Brussels, Belgium.
The Berlaymont is an office building in Brussels, Belgium, that houses the headquarters of the European Commission, which is the executive of the European Union (EU).
Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany, as well as one of its 16 constituent states.
BeTV (formerly Canal+ Belgique) is a Belgian digital cable television platform launched on 29 August 2004, when the former platform Vivendi sold Canal+ Benelux.
A bicycle-sharing system, public bicycle system, or bike-share scheme, is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis for a price or free.
Biotechnology is the broad area of science involving living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use" (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Art. 2).
Blake and Mortimer is a Belgian comics series created by the Belgian writer and comics artist Edgar P. Jacobs.
Blanching is a technique used in vegetable growing.
Bloso was the shortened name for the Flemish sports agency.
The Blue Banana (banane bleue, also known as the European Megalopolis or the Manchester–Milan Axis) is a discontinuous corridor of urbanisation spreading over Western and Central Europe, with a population of around 111 million.
Bockstael railway station is a railway station in Brussels, Belgium operated by the SNCB/NMBS.
The Bois de la Cambre (French) or Ter Kamerenbos (Dutch) is an urban public park on the edge of the Sonian Forest in Brussels, Belgium.
Boitsfort railway station (Station Bosvoorde) is a railway station located in the municipality of Watermael-Boitsfort in Brussels, Belgium and operated by the SNCB/NMBS.
The bombardment of Brussels by French troops of Louis XIV on August 13, 14, and 15, 1695, and the resulting fire were together the most destructive event in the entire history of Brussels.
Boondael railway station (Station Boondaal) in Ixelles, Belgium is a SNCB railway station in Brussels.
Bordet railway station is a railway station in Brussels, Belgium.
The Botanical Garden of Brussels (French: Jardin botanique de Bruxelles; Dutch: Kruidtuin van Brussel) stands on Rue Royale in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, near the Northern Quarter financial district in Brussels.
Boule et Bill (known in English as Billy & Buddy) is a popular comic, created in 1959 by the Belgian writer-artist Jean Roba in collaboration with Maurice Rosy.
Bpost, also known as the Belgian Post Group, is the Belgian company responsible for the delivery of national and international mail.
Brabantian or Brabantish, also Brabantic (Brabants, Standard Dutch pronunciation:, Brabantian), is a dialect group of the Dutch language.
Brabantine Gothic, occasionally called Brabantian Gothic, is a significant variant of Gothic architecture that is typical for the Low Countries.
Brasília is the federal capital of Brazil and seat of government of the Federal District.
In France and the Francophone world, a brasserie is a type of French restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals.
Breda is a city and municipality in the southern part of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Brabant.
The City Municipality of Bremen (Stadtgemeinde Bremen) is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany, which belongs to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (also called just "Bremen" for short), a federal state of Germany.
Brewing is the production of beer by steeping a starch source (commonly cereal grains, the most popular of which is barley) in water and fermenting the resulting sweet liquid with yeast.
The British School of Brussels (commonly abbreviated to BSB), is an international school in Belgium.
Bruges (Brugge; Bruges; Brügge) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country.
In urban planning, Brusselization (UK and US) or Brusselisation (UK variant) (bruxellisation, verbrusseling) is "the indiscriminate and careless introduction of modern high-rise buildings into gentrified neighbourhoods" and has become a byword for "haphazard urban development and redevelopment".
Brussels (Bruxelles,; Brussel), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (All text and all but one graphic show the English name as Brussels-Capital Region.) (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium.
Brussels Airport (also called Brussel-Nationaal / Bruxelles-National (Brussels-National) or Zaventem) is an international airport northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
Brussels in Belgium is considered the de facto capital of the European Union, having a long history of hosting the institutions of the European Union within its European Quarter.
The Brussels buses network is complementary to the rail network in Brussels, Belgium, which is made of trams, metros and trains.
Brussels Central Station (Bruxelles-Central, Brussel-Centraal) is a metro and railway station in central Brussels, Belgium.
The Brussels Cycling Classic (known until June 2013 as Paris–Brussels) is a semi classic European bicycle race, one of the oldest races on the international calendar.
The Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles or italic; Maatschappij voor het Intercommunaal Vervoer te Brussel or italic) is the local public transport operator in Brussels, Belgium.
Exposition Universelle et Internationale was a world's fair held in Brussels in 1910 from 23 April to 1 November.
The Brussels International Exposition (Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles) of 1897 was a World's fair held in Brussels, Belgium, from May 10, 1897 through November 8, 1897.
The Brussels International Exposition of 1935 (Exposition Universelle et Internationale Bruxelles de 1935) a Universal exhibition held in Heysel, near Brussels in Belgium, between 27 April and 6 November 1935.
The Brussels Marathon is an annual AIMS-certified marathon hosted by Brussels, Belgium and usually held in the autumn.
The Brussels Metro (Métro de Bruxelles, Brusselse metro) is a rapid transit system serving a large part of the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Line 2 on the Brussels Metro is a rapid transit line in Brussels, Belgium operated by STIB/MIVB.
Parc de Bruxelles (French) or (Dutch), is the largest urban public park in the centre of Brussels.
The Brussels Philharmonic is a Belgian orchestra located in Brussels.
The Brussels Regional Express Network (Réseau Express Régional Bruxellois or RER); (Gewestelijk ExpresNet or GEN) is a rapid transit system under construction in Belgium.
The Brussels Regional Investment Company (French: Société Régionale d'Investissement de Bruxelles -S.R.I.B. or Dutch: Gewestelijke Investeringsmaatschappij voor Brussel — G.I.M.B.) was founded by the Brussels-Capital Region in 1984 to provide capital to the Brussels-Capital Region industry.
The University of Kent's The Brussels School of International Studies is a specialised postgraduate school offering international studies in Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA), also called Charleroi Airport or Gosselies Airport, is an international airport, located in Gosselies, a part of the city of Charleroi in Wallonia (southern Belgium. The airport is north of Charleroi and south of central Brussels. In terms of passengers and aircraft movements, it is the second busiest airport in Belgium having served 7,303,720 passengers in 2016 (75,038 movements). It is also a busy general aviation airfield, being home to 3 flying schools. The Aéropole, one of the Science Parks of Wallonia, is located near the airport.
The Brussels sprout is a member of the Gemmifera Group of cabbages (Brassica oleracea), grown for its edible buds.
The Brussels Stock Exchange (Bourse de Bruxelles, Beurs van Brussel), abbreviated to BSE, was founded in Brussels, Belgium, by decree of Napoleon in 1801.
The Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville, Dutch) of the City of Brussels is a Gothic building from the Middle Ages.
The Brussels' Comic Book Route (or also The comic strip route in Brussels) is a path composed by several comic strip murals which deck the walls of several buildings throughout the inner City of Brussels as well as the neighborhoods of Laeken and Auderghem.
Brussels-Chapel (Gare de Bruxelles-Chapelle, Station Brussel-Kapellekerk) is a railway station on the North-South connection in the city of Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels Congress is a train stop on the North-South connection in the city of Brussels, Belgium.
The area within Belgium known as Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde encompasses the bilingual (French and Dutch) Brussels-Capital Region, which coincides with the administrative arrondissement of Brussels-Capital and the surrounding Dutch-speaking area of Halle-Vilvoorde, which in turn coincides with the administrative Halle-Vilvoorde administrative Arrondissement.
Brussels-Luxembourg railway station (Station Brussel-Luxemburg, Gare de Bruxelles-Luxembourg) is a station in the European Quarter of Brussels under the Esplanade of the European Parliament (part of the European Parliament complex in Brussels).
Brussels-North (Bruxelles-Nord, Brussel-Noord) is one of the three major railway stations in Brussels; the other two are Brussels Central and Brussels South.
Brussels-South (Bruxelles-Midi, Brussel-Zuid, IATA code: ZYR) is one of the three major railway stations in Brussels (the other two are Brussels Central and Brussels North) and the busiest station in Belgium.
Brussels-West Station (Gare de l'Ouest, Weststation) is a multimodal transport hub located in the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels.
The Brussels–Charleroi Canal, also known as the Charleroi Canal amongst other similar names, (canal Bruxelles-Charleroi, kanaal Brussel-Charleroi) is an important canal in Belgium.
The Brussels–Scheldt Maritime Canal (commonly named in various ways including Willebroek Canal and Brussels-Willebroek canal), is a canal in Belgium linking Brussels with the Scheldt river and ultimately the sea.
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.
In the history of the Low Countries, the Burgundian Netherlands (Pays-Bas Bourguignons., Bourgondische Nederlanden, Burgundeschen Nidderlanden, Bas Payis borguignons) were a number of Imperial and French fiefs ruled in personal union by the House of Valois-Burgundy and their Habsburg heirs in the period from 1384 to 1482.
Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi (Republika y'Uburundi,; République du Burundi, or), is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
Business is the activity of making one's living or making money by producing or buying and selling products (goods and services).
A by-law (bylaw) is a rule or law established by an organization or community to regulate itself, as allowed or provided for by some higher authority.
The Byzantine Revival (also referred to as Neo-Byzantine) was an architectural revival movement, most frequently seen in religious, institutional and public buildings.
Cambrai (Kimbré; Kamerijk; historically in English Camerick and Camericke) is a commune in the Nord department and in the Hauts-de-France region of France on the Scheldt river, which is known locally as the Escaut river.
An inclined plane is a system used on some canals for raising boats between different water levels.
Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon (or Cantillon Brewery) is a small Belgian traditional family brewery based in Anderlecht, Brussels.
The Castle of Laeken (Kasteel van Laken, Château de Laeken; actually a palace, not a castle), is the official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family.
A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the seat of a bishop, thus serving as the central church of a diocese, conference, or episcopate.
The Cathedral of St.
The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.299 billion members worldwide.
Côte d'Or is a producer of Belgian chocolate, owned by Mondelēz International.
The Celtic languages are a group of related languages descended from Proto-Celtic, or "Common Celtic"; a branch of the greater Indo-European language family.
Central European Summer Time (CEST), sometime referred also as Central European Daylight Time (CEDT), is the standard clock time observed during the period of summer daylight-saving in those European countries which observe Central European Time (UTC+1) during the other part of the year.
Central European Time (CET), used in most parts of Europe and a few North African countries, is a standard time which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The Humanist Democratic Centre (Centre démocrate humaniste, cdH) is a Christian democratic French-speaking political party in Belgium.
The Centre for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paleis voor Schone Kunsten) is a cultural venue in Brussels, Belgium.
The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche; also nicknamed the Chunnel) is a rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover.
Charleroi (Tchålerwè) is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.
Charles Picqué (born 1 November 1948) is a Belgian politician.
Charles the Bold (also translated as Charles the Reckless).
Charles V (Carlos; Karl; Carlo; Karel; Carolus; 24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was ruler of both the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and the Spanish Empire (as Charles I of Spain) from 1516, as well as of the lands of the former Duchy of Burgundy from 1506.
Charles (953–993) was the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 977 until his death.
Common chicory, Cichorium intybus, is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family Asteraceae, usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink.
Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground.
A chocolatier is a person or company who makes confectionery from chocolate.
Christian Democratic and Flemish (Dutch: Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams, CD&V) is a Christian democratic Flemish political party in Belgium.
The Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Église Notre-Dame de Laeken; Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk van Laken) is a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church in Laeken, Brussels.
Parc du Cinquantenaire (French for "Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary", pronounced) or Jubelpark (Dutch for "Jubilee Park", pronounced) is a large public, urban park (30 hectares) in the easternmost part of the European Quarter in Brussels, Belgium.
The Cirque Royal (French) or Koninklijk Circus (Dutch) is an entertainment venue in Brussels, Belgium.
The City of Brussels (French: Ville de Bruxelles or alternatively Bruxelles-Ville, Dutch: Stad Brussel or Brussel-Stad) is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the de jure capital of Belgium.
The classic cycle races are the most prestigious one-day professional road cycling races in the international calendar.
Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western culture, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music.
A co-cathedral is a cathedral church which shares the function of being a bishop's seat, or cathedra, with another cathedral, often in another city (usually a former see, anchor city of the metropolitan area, and/or the civil capital).
A coffeehouse, coffee shop or café (sometimes spelt cafe) is an establishment which primarily serves hot coffee, related coffee beverages (café latte, cappuccino, espresso), tea, and other hot beverages.
Collage (from the coller., "to glue") is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
Cologne (Köln,, Kölle) is the largest city in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth most populated city in Germany (after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich).
A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions.
The Common Community Commission (Commission communautaire commune, Gemeenschappelijke Gemeenschapscommissie) is responsible for Brussels community matters that are common to both the French Community and the Flemish Community and for institutions that fall within the competencies of the Communities but do not belong exclusively to either Community in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Belgium is a federal state comprising three communities, three regions, and four language areas.
Commuting is periodically recurring travel between one's place of residence and place of work, or study, and in doing so exceed the boundary of their residential community.
The Congress Column (Colonne du Congrès; Congreskolom) is a monumental column situated on the Place du Congrès/Congresplein in Brussels, Belgium, which commemorates the creation of the Constitution by the National Congress of 1830–31.
The Congress of Vienna (Wiener Kongress) also called Vienna Congress, was a meeting of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich, and held in Vienna from November 1814 to June 1815, though the delegates had arrived and were already negotiating by late September 1814.
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium (Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Constant Vanden Stockstadion) is a football stadium in the municipality of Anderlecht, Brussels.
The Constitution of Belgium dates back to 1831.
The Constitutional Court (Dutch:, Cour constitutionelle, Verfassungsgerichtshof) plays a central role within the federal Belgian state.
A conurbation is a region comprising a number of cities, large towns, and other urban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban or industrially developed area.
Coudenberg or Koudenberg (Dutch for cold hill) is a small hill in Brussels where the Palace of Coudenberg was built.
Couleur Café Festival is a yearly urban contemporary music festival in Belgium, organised since 1990 and taking place at Tour & Taxis in the city of Brussels around the end of June or early July.
The Council of Ministers (Conseil des ministres, Ministerraad) is the supreme executive organ of the Federal Government of the Kingdom of Belgium.
Council of State (Dutch:, Conseil d'État, Staatsrat), in Belgium, is an organ of the Belgian government: it is the Supreme Administrative Court of Belgium.
The Council of the European Union, referred to in the treaties and other official documents simply as the Council is the third of the seven Institutions of the European Union (EU) as listed in the Treaty on European Union.
The Counts of Louvain were a branch of the Lotharingian House of Reginar which from the late 10th century ruled over the estates of Louvain (French) or Leuven (Dutch) in Lower Lorraine.
The Court of Audit of Belgium (Dutch:, French: Cour des comptes, German: Rechnungshof) is a Belgian governmental institution established by article 180 of the Belgian Constitution.
The Court of Cassation (Hof van Cassatie, Cour de cassation, Kassationshof) is the main court of last resort in Belgium.
The covering of the Senne (Voûtement de la Senne, Overwelving van de Zenne) was the covering and later diverting of the main river of Brussels, and the construction of public buildings and major boulevards in its place.
A craft or trade is a pastime or a profession that requires particular skills and knowledge of skilled work.
The Crown of Castile was a medieval state in the Iberian Peninsula that formed in 1230 as a result of the third and definitive union of the crowns and, some decades later, the parliaments of the kingdoms of Castile and León upon the accession of the then Castilian king, Ferdinand III, to the vacant Leonese throne. It continued to exist as a separate entity after the personal union in 1469 of the crowns of Castile and Aragon with the marriage of the Catholic Monarchs up to the promulgation of the Nueva Planta decrees by Philip V in 1715. The Indies, Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea were also a part of the Crown of Castile when transformed from lordships to kingdoms of the heirs of Castile in 1506, with the Treaty of Villafáfila, and upon the death of Ferdinand the Catholic. The title of "King of Castile" remained in use by the Habsburg rulers during the 16th and 17th centuries. Charles I was King of Aragon, Majorca, Valencia, and Sicily, and Count of Barcelona, Roussillon and Cerdagne, as well as King of Castile and León, 1516–1556. In the early 18th century, Philip of Bourbon won the War of the Spanish Succession and imposed unification policies over the Crown of Aragon, supporters of their enemies. This unified the Crown of Aragon and the Crown of Castile into the kingdom of Spain. Even though the Nueva Planta decrees did not formally abolish the Crown of Castile, the country of (Castile and Aragon) was called "Spain" by both contemporaries and historians. "King of Castile" also remains part of the full title of Felipe VI of Spain, the current King of Spain according to the Spanish constitution of 1978, in the sense of titles, not of states.
In crystallography, crystal structure is a description of the ordered arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules in a crystalline material.
Cubitus is a Franco-Belgian comics series, and the basis for the Wowser cartoon series appearing in the United States.
Cycle sport is competitive physical activity using bicycles.
The Da Vinci Research Park is a science park located on a former airfield in Haren-Evere nearby Brussels Airport in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium and it is being managed by the Brussels Regional Investment Company.
Daniel François Esprit Auber (29 January 178212/13 May 1871) was a French composer.
DéFI is a social liberal, liberal, and regionalist political party in Belgium, which is mainly known for defending the French-speakers interests in and near the Brussels region.
In law and government, de facto (or;, "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, even if not legally recognised by official laws.
In law and government, de jure (lit) describes practices that are legally recognised, whether or not the practices exist in reality.
Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn (English: Flemish transport company De Lijn), usually known as De Lijn ("The Line"), is a company run by the Flemish government in Belgium to provide public transportation with about 2240 buses and 399 trams.
De Morgen (Dutch for The Morning) is a Flemish newspaper with a circulation of 53,860.
De Standaard (meaning The Standard in English) is a Flemish daily newspaper published in Belgium by Mediahuis (formerly Corelio and VUM).
A decree is a rule of law usually issued by a head of state (such as the president of a republic or a monarch), according to certain procedures (usually established in a constitution).
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (République démocratique du Congo), also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa.
Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria.
A dolmen is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of two or more vertical megaliths supporting a large flat horizontal capstone or "table".
Drogenbos is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.
The Duchy of Brabant was a State of the Holy Roman Empire established in 1183.
The Duden park (Parc Duden, Dudenpark) is a park in Brussels, Belgium located in the municipality of Forest.
The Duke of Brabant was formally the ruler of the Duchy of Brabant since 1183/1184.
The Dutch language is a West Germanic language, spoken by around 23 million people as a first language (including the population of the Netherlands where it is the official language, and about sixty percent of Belgium where it is one of the three official languages) and by another 5 million as a second language.
Dutch orthography uses the Latin alphabet and has evolved to suit the needs of the Dutch language.
Dyle was a department of the First French Empire in present-day Belgium.
The Eastern Orthodox Church, also known as the Orthodox Church, or officially as the Orthodox Catholic Church, is the second-largest Christian Church, with over 250 million members.
Eclecticism is a nineteenth and twentieth-century architectural style in which a single piece of work incorporates a mixture of elements from previous historical styles to create something that is new and original.
The Egmont Palace (Egmontpaleis, Palais d'Egmont) is a large mansion at the Rue aux Laines (Wolstraat) and the Petit Sablon Square in Brussels, Belgium.
The elevation of a geographic location is its height above or below a fixed reference point, most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface (see Geodetic datum § Vertical datum).
An enclave is a territory, or a part of a territory, that is entirely surrounded by the territory of one other state.
The Encyclopædia Britannica (Latin for "British Encyclopaedia"), published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., is a general knowledge English-language encyclopaedia.
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
The Erasmus Research Park is a science park located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium and it is being managed by the Brussels Regional Investment Company.
The Espace Léopold (French, commonly used in English) or (Dutch) is the complex of parliament buildings in Brussels (Belgium) housing the European Parliament, a legislative chamber of the European Union.
Etterbeek (French:; Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Etterbeek railway station (Station Etterbeek, Gare d'Etterbeek) is a railway station in Brussels, Belgium operated by SNCB.
The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, commonly known as Eurocontrol, is an international organisation working to achieve safe and seamless air traffic management across Europe.
Euronews is a multilingual news media service, headquartered in Lyon, France.
Euronext NV is a European stock exchange seated in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Dublin and Paris.
Euronext Amsterdam is a stock exchange based in Amsterdam.
Euronext Lisbon is a stock exchange in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Europa building is the seat of the European Council and Council of the European Union, located on Wetstraat/Rue de la Loi in the European Quarter of Brussels, the capital city of Belgium.
Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere.
The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union (EU) for a period of one calendar year during which it organises a series of cultural events with a strong pan-European dimension.
The European Commission (EC) is an institution of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.
The European Council, charged with defining the European Union's (EU) overall political direction and priorities, is the institution of the EU that comprises the heads of state or government of the member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission.
European Heritage Days (EHD) is a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission involving all 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention under the motto, Europe: a common heritage.
The European Parliament (EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU).
European route E 19 is long European route.
European route E 40 is the longest European route, more than long, connecting Calais in France via Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan, with Ridder in Kazakhstan near the border with Russia and China.
European route E411 is a European route in Belgium and France connecting Brussels to Metz, a town at the border between Belgium, France and Luxembourg via Namur and Arlon.
The European Schools (Schola Europaea) is a network of private-authority schools, which emphasise a multilingual and multicultural pedagogical approach to the teaching of nursery, primary and secondary students, leading to the European Baccalaureate as their secondary leaving qualification.
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of EUnum member states that are located primarily in Europe.
Eurostar is a high-speed railway service connecting London with Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris and Rotterdam.
Evere (French:, Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Evere railway station is a railway station in Brussels, Belgium, in the municipality of Evere.
An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.
Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair (Brusselse Wereldtentoonstelling, Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles), was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958.
A fast food restaurant, also known as a quick service restaurant (QSR) within the industry, is a specific type of restaurant that serves fast food cuisine and has minimal table service.
A federal district is a type of administrative division of a federation, usually under the direct control of a federal government and organized sometimes with a single municipal body.
Federalism is the mixed or compound mode of government, combining a general government (the central or 'federal' government) with regional governments (provincial, state, cantonal, territorial or other sub-unit governments) in a single political system.
The London Festival of Europe is an annual series of public lectures, debates and art events held in a variety of high-profile venues in London each March.
The Finance Tower (French: Tour des Finances, Dutch: Financietoren) is a skyscraper in the Northern Quarter central business district of Brussels, Belgium, designed by the architects Hugo Van Kuyck, Marcel Lambrichs and Léon Stynen.
A fire department (American English) or fire brigade (British English), also known as a fire protection district, fire authority or fire and rescue service is an organization that primarily provides firefighting services for a specific geographic area.
A fire station (also called a fire house, fire hall, or firemen's hall) is a structure or other area for storing firefighting apparatus such as fire engines and related vehicles, personal protective equipment, fire hoses and other specialized equipment.
A firefighter is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting, primarily to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten life, property and the environment as well as to rescue people and animals from dangerous situations.
Flamboyant (from French flamboyant, "flaming") is the name given to a florid style of late Gothic architecture in vogue in France from about 1350, until it was superseded by Renaissance architecture during the early 16th century.
Flanders (Vlaanderen, Flandre, Flandern) is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium, although there are several overlapping definitions, including ones related to culture, language, politics and history.
A flea market (or swap meet) is a type of bazaar that rents or provides space to people who want to sell or barter merchandise.
Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant, Brabant flamand) is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium.
The term Flemish Community (Vlaamse Gemeenschap; Communauté flamande; Flämische Gemeinschaft) has two distinct, though related, meanings.
The Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (or VGC, or, in English, the Flemish Community Commission) is the local representative of the Flemish authorities in the Brussels-Capital Region, one of the three regions of Belgium.
The Flemish Government (Dutch) is the executive branch of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region of Belgium.
Flemish painting flourished from the early 15th century until the 17th century, gradually becoming distinct from the painting of the rest of the Low Countries, especially the modern Netherlands.
The Flemish Parliament (Dutch:, and formerly called Flemish Council or Vlaamse Raad) constitutes the legislative power in Flanders, for matters which fall within the competence of Flanders, both as a geographic region and a cultural community of Belgium (unlike the French-speaking community and Wallonia, which each have separate legislatures - the Parliament of the French Community and the Walloon Parliament).
The Flemish or Flemings are a Germanic ethnic group native to Flanders, in modern Belgium, who speak Dutch, especially any of its dialects spoken in historical Flanders, known collectively as Flemish Dutch.
The Flemish Region (Vlaams Gewest,; Région flamande) is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium—alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region.
Flower Carpet is a biennial event in Brussels in which volunteers from around Belgium convene at the Grand Place, the historic center of the city, to weave a carpet-like tapestry out of colorful begonias.
Forest National (also known as Vorst Nationaal in Dutch) is a multi-purpose arena located in the municipality of Forest near Brussels, Belgium.
The Forest park (Parc de Forest, Park van Vorst) is a park in Brussels, Belgium located in and named after the municipality of Forest.
Forest (French name,; Vorst) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Forest-East railway station (Station Voorst-Oost) is a railway station in the municipality of Forest in Brussels, Belgium.
Forest-South railway station (Gare de Forest-Midi, Station Voorst-Zuid) is a railway station in the municipality of Forest in Brussels, Belgium.
There were two stages of fortifications of Brussels, the first walls, built in the early 13th century, and the second walls, built in the late 14th century and later upgraded.
A fossil (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, "obtained by digging") is any preserved remains, impression, or trace of any once-living thing from a past geological age.
France, officially the French Republic (République française), is a sovereign state whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe, as well as several overseas regions and territories.
France 2 is a French public national television channel.
Francia, also called the Kingdom of the Franks (Regnum Francorum), or Frankish Empire was the largest post-Roman Barbarian kingdom in Western Europe.
The Francization (or Francisation) of Brussels (Francisation de Bruxelles, Verfransing van Brussel) refers to the transformation of Brussels, Belgium, from a majority Dutch-speaking city to one that is bilingual or even multilingual, with French as both the majority language and lingua franca.
Francophonie, sometimes also spelt Francophonia in English, is the quality of speaking French.
Frankfurt, officially the City of Frankfurt am Main ("Frankfurt on the Main"), is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany.
The Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles) was a university in Brussels, Belgium established in 1834.
French Baroque architecture, sometimes called French classicism, was a style of architecture during the reigns of Louis XIII (1610–43), Louis XIV (1643–1715) and Louis XV (1715–74).
The Commission communautaire française (COCOF) or the French Community Commission is the local representative of the French-speaking authorities in the Brussels-Capital Region, one of the three regions of Belgium.
In Belgium, the French Community (Communauté française); refers to one of the three constituent constitutional linguistic communities.
French cuisine consists of the cooking traditions and practices from France.
French fries (North American English), chips (British and Commonwealth English), finger chips (Indian English), or French-fried potatoes are ''batonnet'' or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes.
French (le français or la langue française) is a Romance language of the Indo-European family.
French orthography encompasses the spelling and punctuation of the French language.
A friture, baraque à frites or friterie in French-speaking Belgium and Northern France, or frituur or frietkot in Flanders and the Netherlands, also fritkot in French-speaking Belgium and friture or frietkraam in the Netherlands, is the name for traditional restaurants, kiosks or vans serving quick-service fast food, particularly fries from which they derive their name.
The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (French) or Koninklijke Sint-Hubertusgalerijen (Dutch) is a glazed shopping arcade in Brussels that preceded other famous 19th-century shopping arcades such as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan and The Passage in St Petersburg.
Ganshoren is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Gaston is a gag-a-day comic strip created in 1957 by the Belgian cartoonist André Franquin in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou.
Saint Gaugericus, in French Saint Géry (also known as Gorik, Gau; in Walloon, Djèri) (550 – August 11, 626) was a bishop of Cambrai, France.
Geert van Istendael (born 29 March 1947) is the pseudonym of Geert Maria Mauritius Julianus Vanistendael, a Belgian writer, poet and essayist.
Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussmann (27 March 180911 January 1891), was a prefect of the Seine Department of France chosen by Emperor Napoleon III to carry out a massive urban renewal program of new boulevards, parks and public works in Paris that is commonly referred to as Haussmann's renovation of Paris.
A GeoTLD (geographic TLD) is a top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet using the name of or invoking an association with a geographical, geopolitical, ethnic, linguistic or cultural community.
German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe.
The German occupation of Belgium (Occupation allemande, Duitse bezetting) of World War I was a military occupation of Belgium by the forces of the German Empire between 1914 and 1918.
The German occupation of Belgium (Occupation allemande, Duitse bezetting) during World War II began on 28 May 1940 when the Belgian army surrendered to German forces and lasted until Belgium's liberation by the Western Allies between September 1944 and February 1945.
Germany (Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a sovereign state in central-western Europe.
Ghent (Gent; Gand) is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, typically as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure.
A global city, also called world city or sometimes alpha city or world center, is a city which is a primary node in the global economic network.
Godiva Chocolatier is a Belgian manufacturer of chocolates and related products.
Gothic architecture is an architectural style that flourished in Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages.
Gothic Revival (also referred to as Victorian Gothic or neo-Gothic) is an architectural movement that began in the late 1740s in England.
The Cabinet of the French Community of Belgium (Gouvernement de la Communauté française) is the executive branch of the French Community of Belgium, and it sits in Brussels.
The Governor of the Administrative Arrondissement of Brussels-Capital (All text and all but one graphic show the English name as Brussels-Capital Region.) (French: Gouverneur de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Gouverneur van Brussel-Hoofdstad) has the responsibility to enforce laws concerned with public order in the Brussels-Capital Region, one of the three regions of Belgium.
The Grand Place (French,; "Grand Square"; also used in English) or Grote Markt (Dutch,; "Grand Market") is the central square of Brussels.
Grand Prix Eddy Merckx was a cycle race around Brussels, where Eddy Merckx was born.
The Great Mosque of Brussels is the oldest mosque in Brussels.
The Greater Ring or Intermediate Ring in Brussels, Belgium (French: Moyenne Ceinture, Dutch: Middenring) is a set of roads in the shape of a ring, intermediate between the small ring and the main Brussels ring motorway.
Gross domestic product (GDP) is a monetary measure of the market value of all final goods and services produced in a period (quarterly or yearly) of time.
The Guards Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army during the Second World War.
Saint Gudula was born in the pagus of Brabant (in present-day Belgium).
A guildhall is either a town hall, or a building historically used by guilds for meetings and other purposes, in which sense it can also be spelled as "guild hall" and may also be called a "guild house".
The Guilds of Brussels, grouped in the Nine Nations of Brussels (Negen Naties van Brussel; Neuf Nations de Bruxelles), were associations of craft guilds that dominated the economic life of the city of Brussels in the late medieval and early modern periods.
Gustave Strauven (Schaerbeek, 1878 - Haute Savoie, 1919) was a Belgian architect.
The Habsburg Monarchy (Habsburgermonarchie) or Empire is an unofficial appellation among historians for the countries and provinces that were ruled by the junior Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg between 1521 and 1780 and then by the successor branch of Habsburg-Lorraine until 1918.
Hainaut (Hainaut,; Henegouwen,; Hinnot; Hénau) is a province of Belgium in the Walloon region.
The Halle Gate (Porte de Hal, Hallepoort) is a medieval fortified city gate of the second walls of Brussels.
A hamlet is a small human settlement.
Haren is a railway station on line 26 of the Belgian railway network, situated in Haren, part of the City of Brussels in the Brussels Capital Region.
Haren (Dutch and French, sometimes written Haeren in French) is an old municipality of Brussels in Belgium, that was merged into the municipality of the City of Brussels in 1921.
Haren-South (Gare de Haren-Sud, Station Haren-Zuid) is a railway station on line 36 of the Belgian railway network, situated in Haren, part of the City of Brussels in the Brussels Capital Region.
A hazard is an agent which has the potential to cause harm to a vulnerable target.
The Hôtel Solvay is a large Art Nouveau town house designed by Victor Horta on the Avenue Louise in Brussels.
The Hotel Tassel (Hôtel Tassel, Hotel Tassel) is a town house built by Victor Horta in Brussels for the Belgian scientist and professor Emile Tassel in 1893–1894.
The Hôtel van Eetvelde is a town house designed in 1895 by Victor Horta for Edmond van Eetvelde, administrator of Congo Free State.
Health care or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.
Henry Clemens Van de Velde (3 April 1863 – 25 October 1957) was a Belgian painter, architect and interior designer.
The Heysel or Heizel is the area in the north of Brussels, Belgium, where the Brussels International Exposition (1935) and the Expo '58 took place.
The Holy Roman Emperor (historically Romanorum Imperator, "Emperor of the Romans") was the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806 AD, from Charlemagne to Francis II).
The Holy Roman Empire (Sacrum Romanum Imperium; Heiliges Römisches Reich) was a multi-ethnic but mostly German complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806.
The Horta Museum (Musée Horta, Hortamuseum) is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta and his time.
The House of Habsburg (traditionally spelled Hapsburg in English), also called House of Austria was one of the most influential and distinguished royal houses of Europe.
The House of Valois was a cadet branch of the Capetian dynasty.
The IAAF Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions.
Iguanodon (meaning "iguana-tooth") is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur that existed roughly halfway between the first of the swift bipedal hypsilophodontids of the mid-Jurassic and the duck-billed dinosaurs of the late Cretaceous.
Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterised by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
Infrastructure is the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or other area, including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.
INRIX is a global SaaS and DaaS company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics.
The institutions of the European Union are the seven principal decision making bodies of the European Union (EU).
An intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge, or skill, as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts, and cultural spaces that are considered by UNESCO to be part of a place's cultural heritage.
The Intercity-Express (written as InterCityExpress in Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and, formerly, in Germany) or ICE is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and its surrounding countries.
An intergovernmental organization or international governmental organisation (IGO) is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states), or of other intergovernmental organizations.
An international organization is an organization with an international membership, scope, or presence.
International relations (IR) or international affairs (IA) — commonly also referred to as international studies (IS) or global studies (GS) — is the study of interconnectedness of politics, economics and law on a global level.
The International School of Brussels (ISB) is an English-language international school that provides an international education to over 1500 students aged 2½ to 19 from 62 countries.
The International Style is the name of a major architectural style that developed in the 1920s and 1930s and strongly related to Modernism and Modern architecture.
In the context of the history of the 20th century, the interwar period was the period between the end of the First World War in November 1918 and the beginning of the Second World War in September 1939.
Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag, yellow iris, water flag) is a species of flowering plant of the family Iridaceae.
Irreligion (adjective form: non-religious or irreligious) is the absence, indifference, rejection of, or hostility towards religion.
IslamThere are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is or, and whether the a is pronounced, or (when the stress is on the first syllable) (Merriam Webster).
Islam in Belgium is a minority religion and the second largest religion in the country after Christianity.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic language acronym Daesh (داعش dāʿish), is a Salafi jihadist terrorist organisation and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi/Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
ISO 3166-2:BE is the entry for Belgium in ISO 3166-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which defines codes for the names of the principal subdivisions (e.g. provinces or states) of all countries coded in ISO 3166-1.
Italian (or lingua italiana) is a Romance language.
Ixelles (Dutch: Elsene) is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
The Ixelles Ponds (in French: Étangs d'Ixelles, in Dutch: Vijvers van Elsene) are two freshwater ponds in the Brussels municipality of Ixelles.
Jacob (Jacques) Jordaens (19 May 1593 – 18 October 1678) was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and tapestry designer known for his history paintings, genre scenes and portraits.
Jette is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Jette railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Jette in Brussels, Belgium opened in 1892.
The term "Jihadism" (also "jihadist movement", "jihadi movement" and variants) is a 21st-century neologism found in Western languages to describe Islamist militant movements perceived as military movements "rooted in Islam" and "existentially threatening" to the West.
Josaphat Park (Parc Josaphat, Josaphatpark) is a public park designed by Edmond Galoppin of Melsbroek.
Josef Hoffmann (15 December 1870 – 7 May 1956) was an Austrian architect and designer of consumer goods who co-established Wiener Werkstätte.
Joseph Poelaert (21 March 1817 – 3 November 1879) was a Belgian architect.
The Journal of Belgian History is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (Cegesoma).
A Joyous Entry (Blijde Intrede, Blijde Inkomst, or Blijde Intocht in Dutch, Joyeuse Entrée in French) is the official name used for the ceremonial royal entry — the first official peaceable visit of a reigning monarch, prince, duke or governor into a city — mainly in the Duchy of Brabant or the County of Flanders and occasionally in France, Luxembourg or Hungary, usually coinciding with recognition by the monarch of the rights or privileges to the city, and sometimes accompanied by an extension of them.
Judaism (originally from Hebrew, Yehudah, "Judah"; via Latin and Greek) is the religion of the Jewish people.
Jules Victor Anspach (20 July 1829 – 19 May 1879) was a Belgian politician, best known for his renovations surrounding the covering of the Senne river.
The Justus Lipsius building, located in Brussels, Belgium, was the headquarters of the Council of the European Union from 1995, and the de facto home of the European Council from 2002 (de jure as of 2004), until their relocation to the adjacent newly constructed Europa building at the beginning of 2017.
Koninklijke Voetbal Vereniging Crossing Elewijt is a Belgian association football club from the village of Elewijt in the municipality of Zemst, Flemish Brabant.
Karl MarxThe name "Karl Heinrich Marx", used in various lexicons, is based on an error.
The Köppen climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems.
The King Baudouin Stadium (Stade Roi Baudouin, Koning Boudewijnstadion) is a sports ground in north-west Brussels, Belgium.
Klaipėda (Samogitian name: Klaipieda, Polish name: Kłajpeda, German name: Memel), is a city in Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast.
Koekelberg is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.
Koksijde (Coxyde, West Flemish: Koksyde) is a town and a municipality in Belgium.
Kraainem (sometimes spelt Crainhem in French) is a municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, in Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium.
Kriek lambic is a style of Belgian beer, made by fermenting lambic with sour Morello cherries.
The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (in English: Catholic University of Leuven), abbreviated KU Leuven, is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium.
La Libre Belgique (literally The Free Belgium), currently sold under the name La Libre, is a major daily newspaper in Belgium.
The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (or la Monnaie) in French, or The Koninklijke Muntschouwburg (or de Munt) in Dutch, is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium.
La muette de Portici (The Dumb Girl of Portici, or The Mute Girl of Portici), also called Masaniello in some versions, is an opera in five acts by Daniel Auber, with a libretto by Germain Delavigne, revised by Eugène Scribe.
Laïcité, literally "secularity", is a French concept of secularism.
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or by hand.
Laeken or Laken (Dutch spelling) is a residential suburb in north-west Brussels in Belgium.
Lambert I of Louvain nicknamed "The Bearded" (born in Louvain, Duchy of Lotharingia, East Francia c. 950, died in Florennes, County of Namur, Duchy of Lower Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire on 12 September 1015) was the first Count of Louvain in 1003.
Lambic is a type of beer brewed in the Pajottenland region of Belgium southwest of Brussels and in Brussels itself at the Cantillon Brewery.
A landmark is a recognizable natural or artificial feature used for navigation, a feature that stands out from its near environment and is often visible from long distances.
Late antiquity is a periodization used by historians to describe the time of transition from classical antiquity to the Middle Ages in mainland Europe, the Mediterranean world, and the Near East.
Léon Daudet (16 November 1867 – 30 June 1942) was a French journalist, writer, an active monarchist, and a member of the Académie Goncourt.
Léon Spilliaert (also Leon Spilliaert; 28 July 1881 – 23 November 1946) was a Belgian symbolist painter and graphic artist.
Le Botanique (French) or Kruidtuin (Dutch) is a cultural complex and music venue in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels.
Le Monde (The World) is a French daily afternoon newspaper founded by Hubert Beuve-Méry at the request of Charles de Gaulle (as Chairman of the Provisional Government of the French Republic) on 19 December 1944, shortly after the Liberation of Paris, and published continuously since its first edition.
Le Soir ("The Evening") is a French language daily Belgian newspaper.
Leonidas is a Belgian chocolate company that produces chocolate and other related products.
Leopold I (Léopold Ier; German and Leopold I; 16 December 1790 – 10 December 1865) was a German prince who became the first King of the Belgians following the country's independence in 1830.
Leopold II (9 April 183517 December 1909) reigned as the second King of the Belgians from 1865 to 1909 and became known for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture.
Parc Léopold (French) or Leopoldspark (Dutch) is a public park located within the Leopold Quarter (European Quarter) of Brussels, adjacent to the Paul-Henri Spaak building, the seat of the European Parliament.
Les XX was a group of twenty Belgian painters, designers and sculptors, formed in 1883 by the Brussels lawyer, publisher, and entrepreneur Octave Maus.
Leuven or Louvain (Louvain,; Löwen) is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium.
Liège (Lidje; Luik,; Lüttich) is a major Walloon city and municipality and the capital of the Belgian province of Liège. The city is situated in the valley of the Meuse, in the east of Belgium, not far from borders with the Netherlands (Maastricht is about to the north) and with Germany (Aachen is about north-east). At Liège, the Meuse meets the River Ourthe. The city is part of the sillon industriel, the former industrial backbone of Wallonia. It still is the principal economic and cultural centre of the region. The Liège municipality (i.e. the city proper) includes the former communes of Angleur, Bressoux, Chênée, Glain, Grivegnée, Jupille-sur-Meuse, Rocourt, and Wandre. In November 2012, Liège had 198,280 inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,879 km2 (725 sq mi) and had a total population of 749,110 on 1 January 2008. Population of all municipalities in Belgium on 1 January 2008. Retrieved on 2008-10-19. Definitions of metropolitan areas in Belgium. The metropolitan area of Liège is divided into three levels. First, the central agglomeration (agglomeratie) with 480,513 inhabitants (2008-01-01). Adding the closest surroundings (banlieue) gives a total of 641,591. And, including the outer commuter zone (forensenwoonzone) the population is 810,983. Retrieved on 2008-10-19. This includes a total of 52 municipalities, among others, Herstal and Seraing. Liège ranks as the third most populous urban area in Belgium, after Brussels and Antwerp, and the fourth municipality after Antwerp, Ghent and Charleroi.
A library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.
Lille (Rijsel; Rysel) is a city at the northern tip of France, in French Flanders.
A lingua franca, also known as a bridge language, common language, trade language, auxiliary language, vernacular language, or link language is a language or dialect systematically used to make communication possible between people who do not share a native language or dialect, particularly when it is a third language that is distinct from both native languages.
Linkebeek is a Belgian municipality in Flanders, part of the province of Flemish Brabant, and in the administrative district of Halle-Vilvoorde.
This is a list of Belgian monarchs from 1831 when the first Belgian king, Leopold I, ascended the throne, after Belgium seceded from the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the Belgian Revolution of 1830.
Below is a list of the largest cities in the European Union according to the population within their city limits.
This page lists diplomatic missions resident in the Kingdom of Belgium.
This article lists the largest church buildings as measured by various criteria.
The 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (All text and all but one graphic show the English name as Brussels-Capital Region.) (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) are the political subdivisions of Belgium's central region.
This is a list of museums in Brussels, Belgium.
For more see Postal codes in Belgium.
These are lists of the tallest structures in Belgium, sorted by type.
This is a list of universities in Belgium.
There are two articles listing countries according to their per capita GDP.
Ljubljana (locally also; also known by other, historical names) is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.
Lobbying, persuasion, or interest representation is the act of attempting to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of officials in their daily life, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies.
London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.
The London boroughs are 32 of the 33 local authority districts of the Greater London administrative area (the 33rd is the City of London).
Louis XIV (Louis Dieudonné; 5 September 16381 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (Roi Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715.
The Low Countries or, in the geographic sense of the term, the Netherlands (de Lage Landen or de Nederlanden, les Pays Bas) is a coastal region in northwestern Europe, consisting especially of the Netherlands and Belgium, and the low-lying delta of the Rhine, Meuse, Scheldt, and Ems rivers where much of the land is at or below sea level.
Lucky Luke is a western comics series created by Belgian cartoonist Morris in 1946.
Luxembourg (Lëtzebuerg; Luxembourg, Luxemburg), officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe.
Luxembourg (Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg, Luxemburg), also known as Luxembourg City (Stad Lëtzebuerg or d'Stad, Ville de Luxembourg, Stadt Luxemburg, Luxemburg-Stadt), is the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (also named "Luxembourg"), and the country's most populous commune.
The Maelbeek or Maalbeek is a stream that runs through several municipalities in Brussels, including Etterbeek, Ixelles, St-Josse-ten-Noode, Schaerbeek.
Maalbeek (Dutch) or Maelbeek (French, ancient Dutch spelling) is a Brussels Metro station in the City of Brussels.
Maastricht (Limburgish: Mestreech; French: Maestricht; Spanish: Mastrique) is a city and a municipality in the southeast of the Netherlands.
Madou Plaza Tower is a high-rise building in Brussels (Belgium).
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole.
A Magritte Award (Magritte du cinéma) is an accolade presented by the Académie André Delvaux of Belgium to recognize cinematic achievement in the film industry.
The Magritte Museum (Musée Magritte, Magritte Museum) is a museum in Brussels, Belgium dedicated to the work of the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte.
The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels.
The Maison du Peuple (in French) or Volkshuis (in Dutch), both literally translated as The People’s Home or The People’s Hostel, was a public building in Brussels.
The major town houses of Victor Horta are four houses in the city of Brussels in Belgium which have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Manneken Pis (meaning "Lil' Piddler" in Dutch) is a landmark small bronze sculpture (61 cm) in Brussels, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin.
A maquette (French word for scale model, sometimes referred to by the Italian names plastico or modello) is a small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture.
Margaret III of Flanders (13 April 1350 – 16/21 March 1405) was the last Countess of Flanders of the House of Dampierre, as well as Countess of Artois and Countess of Burgundy (as Margaret II).
A marionette is a puppet controlled from above using wires or strings depending on regional variations.
The Marolles (French) or Marollen (Dutch)French:; Dutch: is an old neighbourhood of Brussels, situated between the Palace of Justice and the south railway station.
Marsupilami is a comic book character created by André Franquin, first published on 31 January 1952 in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Spirou.
Mary (Marie; Maria; 13 February 1457 – 27 March 1482), Duchess of Burgundy, reigned over many of the territories of the Duchy of Burgundy, now mainly in France and the Low Countries, from 1477 until her death.
Maubeuge (historical Mabuse or Malbode) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.
Maximilian I (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519) was King of the Romans (also known as King of the Germans) from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death, though he was never crowned by the Pope, as the journey to Rome was always too risky.
Mechelen (Malines, traditional English name: MechlinMechelen has been known in English as Mechlin, from where the adjective Mechlinian is derived. This name may still be used, especially in a traditional or historical context. The city's French name Malines had also been used in English in the past (in the 19th and 20th century) however this has largely been abandoned. Meanwhile, the Dutch derived Mechelen began to be used in English increasingly from late 20th century onwards, even while Mechlin remained still in use (for example a Mechlinian is an inhabitant of this city or someone seen as born-and-raised there; the term is also the name of the city dialect; as an adjective Mechlinian may refer to the city or to its dialect.) is a city and municipality in the province of Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel (a few kilometers away), as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. The Dyle (Dijle) flows through the city, hence it is often referred to as the Dijlestad ("City on the river Dijle"). Mechelen lies on the major urban and industrial axis Brussels–Antwerp, about 25 km from each city. Inhabitants find employment at Mechelen's southern industrial and northern office estates, as well as at offices or industry near the capital and Zaventem Airport, or at industrial plants near Antwerp's seaport. Mechelen is one of Flanders' prominent cities of historical art, with Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, and Leuven. It was notably a centre for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance, when painters, printmakers, illuminators and composers of polyphony were attracted by patrons such as Margaret of York, Margaret of Austria and Hieronymus van Busleyden.
Medieval architecture is architecture common in the Middle Ages.
A medieval pageant is a form of procession traditionally associated with both secular and religious rituals, often with a narrative structure.
A megalith is a large stone that has been used to construct a structure or monument, either alone or together with other stones.
Meir is the main shopping street in Antwerp, Belgium.
Meiser railway station is a railway station in Brussels, Belgium, which was opened in 1976.
Melsbroek Air Base is a Belgian Air Component facility in Steenokkerzeel, northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
Memorial Van Damme is an annual athletics event at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium that takes place in late August or early September.
A menhir (from Brittonic languages: maen or men, "stone" and hir or hîr, "long"), standing stone, orthostat, lith or masseba/matseva is a large manmade upright stone.
Merode is a railway and metro station in Brussels, Belgium.
Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is referred to by the name of something closely associated with that thing or concept.
A metropolitan area, sometimes referred to as a metro area or commuter belt, is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories, sharing industry, infrastructure, and housing.
Michael (translit; translit; Michahel;ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ, translit) is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Michel de Ghelderode (April 3, 1898 – April 1, 1962) was an avant-garde Belgian dramatist, writing in French.
In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages (or Medieval Period) lasted from the 5th to the 15th century.
A military alliance is an international agreement concerning national security, when the contracting parties agree to mutual protection and support in case of a crisis that has not been identified in advance.
A military hospital is a hospital that is owned and operated by the armed forces.
Mini-Europe is a miniature park located in Bruparck at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium.
The Minister-President of the Brussels Capital-Region (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) is the person leading the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region.
Modern architecture or modernist architecture is a term applied to a group of styles of architecture which emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II.
Moensberg railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Uccle in Brussels, Belgium.
The monarchy of Belgium is a constitutional, hereditary, and popular monarchy whose incumbent is titled the King or Queen of the Belgians (Koning(in) der Belgen, Roi / Reine des Belges, König(in) der Belgier) and serves as the country's head of state.
The monarchy of Spain (Monarquía de España), constitutionally referred to as the Crown (La Corona), is a constitutional institution and historic office of Spain.
The Mont des Arts (French) or Kunstberg (Dutch), meaning "hill/mount of the arts", is an urban complex and historic site in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, including the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Archives of Belgium, the Square – Brussels Meeting Centre, and a public garden.
Montreal (officially Montréal) is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada.
Moorsel is a village in the Denderstreek in the province East Flanders in Belgium, a deelgemeente of the city of Aalst.
Morocco (officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco, is a unitary sovereign state located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is one of the native homelands of the indigenous Berber people. Geographically, Morocco is characterised by a rugged mountainous interior, large tracts of desert and a lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of. Its capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca. Other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Salé, Fes, Meknes and Oujda. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Since the foundation of the first Moroccan state by Idris I in 788 AD, the country has been ruled by a series of independent dynasties, reaching its zenith under the Almoravid dynasty and Almohad dynasty, spanning parts of Iberia and northwestern Africa. The Marinid and Saadi dynasties continued the struggle against foreign domination, and Morocco remained the only North African country to avoid Ottoman occupation. The Alaouite dynasty, the current ruling dynasty, seized power in 1631. In 1912, Morocco was divided into French and Spanish protectorates, with an international zone in Tangier, and regained its independence in 1956. Moroccan culture is a blend of Berber, Arab, West African and European influences. Morocco claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara, formerly Spanish Sahara, as its Southern Provinces. After Spain agreed to decolonise the territory to Morocco and Mauritania in 1975, a guerrilla war arose with local forces. Mauritania relinquished its claim in 1979, and the war lasted until a cease-fire in 1991. Morocco currently occupies two thirds of the territory, and peace processes have thus far failed to break the political deadlock. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco holds vast executive and legislative powers, especially over the military, foreign policy and religious affairs. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councillors. The king can issue decrees called dahirs, which have the force of law. He can also dissolve the parliament after consulting the Prime Minister and the president of the constitutional court. Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber, with Berber being the native language of Morocco before the Arab conquest in the 600s AD. The Moroccan dialect of Arabic, referred to as Darija, and French are also widely spoken. Morocco is a member of the Arab League, the Union for the Mediterranean and the African Union. It has the fifth largest economy of Africa.
Moscow (a) is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits and 17.1 million within the urban area.
A mosque (from masjid) is a place of worship for Muslims.
Moules-frites or moules et frites (mosselen-friet) is a popular main dish of mussels and fries originating in Belgium.
Multilingualism is the use of more than one language, either by an individual speaker or by a community of speakers.
A multinational corporation (MNC) or worldwide enterprise is a corporate organization that owns or controls production of goods or services in at least one country other than its home country.
Belgium comprises 589 municipalities (gemeenten; communes; Gemeinden) grouped into five provinces in each of two regions and into a third region, the Brussels-Capital Region, comprising 19 municipalities that do not belong to a province.
There are 27 municipalities with language facilities in Belgium which must offer services to residents in Dutch, French or German, in addition to their official languages.
A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface.
The Museum of Natural Sciences of Belgium (Muséum des sciences naturelles de Belgique, Museum voor Natuurwetenschappen van België) is a museum dedicated to natural history, located in Brussels, Belgium.
The Museum of the City of Brussels (Musée de la ville de Bruxelles, Museum van de Stad Brussel) is a museum on the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.
The Museums of the Far East (Musées d'Extrême-Orient, Musea van het Verre Oosten) is the name of a complex of three museums in Laken, Belgium dedicated to Oriental art and culture, specifically that of China and Japan.
The Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) (Musée des instruments de musique, Muziekinstrumentenmuseum) is a music museum in central Brussels, Belgium.
A Muslim (مُسلِم) is someone who follows or practices Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion.
Mussel is the common name used for members of several families of bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats.
The N1 is a national route that connects Brussels with Antwerp and the Dutch border near Wuustwezel.
The N2 road in Belgium is a road connecting Brussels and Maastricht passing Leuven, Diest and Hasselt.
The N3 road in Belgium is a national road connecting the capital city Brussels to Aachen in Germany via Leuven, Tienen, Sint-Truiden and Liège.
The N4 road in Belgium is a highway that runs from Brussels to Luxembourg.
The N5 is a road in Belgium connecting the small ring in Brussels and Philippeville via Charleroi (commonly named Route de Philippeville till the ring of Charleroi).
The N8 road in Belgium is a road connecting Brussels and Koksijde, passing Ninove, Oudenaarde, Kortrijk, Ypres and Veurne.
The nail bomb is an anti-personnel explosive device packed with nails to increase its effectiveness at harming victims.
Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars.
The National Bank of Belgium (NBB; Nationale Bank van België, Banque nationale de Belgique, Belgische Nationalbank) has been the central bank of Belgium since 1850.
The National Orchestra of Belgium (NOB, Nationaal Orkest van België, Orchestre National de Belgique) is a Belgian orchestra, based in Brussels.
NMBS/SNCB (Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen, Société nationale des chemins de fer belges, Nationale Gesellschaft der Belgischen Eisenbahnen) is the national railway company of Belgium.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO; Organisation du Traité de l'Atlantique Nord; OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
A NATO summit is a summit meeting that is regarded as a periodic opportunity for Heads of State and Heads of Government of NATO member countries to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.
Naturalization (or naturalisation) is the legal act or process by which a non-citizen in a country may acquire citizenship or nationality of that country.
Neder-Over-Heembeek is a northern part of the City of Brussels municipality in Belgium.
Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century.
The Netherlands (Nederland), often referred to as Holland, is a country located mostly in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million.
Neuhaus is a notable Belgian chocolatier which manufactures and sells luxury chocolates, biscuits and ice cream.
A news agency is an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to subscribing news organizations, such as newspapers, magazines and radio and television broadcasters.
A newspaper is a periodical publication containing written information about current events.
The Nine Years' War (1688–97) – often called the War of the Grand Alliance or the War of the League of Augsburg – was a conflict between Louis XIV of France and a European coalition of Austria, the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain, England and Savoy.
The Classification of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS; French: Nomenclature des unités territoriales statistiques) is a geocode standard for referencing the subdivisions of countries for statistical purposes.
North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas.
The North–South connection (Jonction Nord-Midi, Noord-Zuidverbinding, Nord-Süd-Verbindung) is a railway link of national and international importance through the centre of Brussels, Belgium, that connects the major railway stations in the city.
The Northern Quarter (Quartier Nord (Espace Nord), Noordruimte) is the central business district of Brussels, Belgium.
An oceanic or highland climate, also known as a marine or maritime climate, is the Köppen classification of climate typical of west coasts in higher middle latitudes of continents, and generally features cool summers (relative to their latitude) and cool winters, with a relatively narrow annual temperature range and few extremes of temperature, with the exception for transitional areas to continental, subarctic and highland climates.
In linguistics, Old Dutch or Old Low Franconian is the set of Franconian dialects (i.e. dialects that evolved from Frankish) spoken in the Low Countries during the Early Middle Ages, from around the 5th to the 12th century.
The Ommegang of Brussels is a traditional Ommegang, a type of medieval pageant, celebrated in Brussels, Belgium.
Orange Belgium (known as Orange) is a Belgian telecoms company.
Ordinance (Ordonnantie, ordonnance) in Belgium refers to legislation passed by the Brussels Parliament in exercise of its regional competences and by the United Assembly of the Common Community Commission.
Ostend (Oostende, or; Ostende; Ostende) is a Belgian coastal city and municipality, located in the province of West Flanders.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Belgium: Belgium – sovereign country located in northwest Europe.
The Palace of Charles of Lorraine was the residence of Charles Alexander of Lorraine in Brussels.
Palais 12 / Paleis 12 (Palais 12, Paleis 12) is an indoor arena in Brussels used for concerts and spectacles.
The Palace of Justice (Palais de Justice, Dutch) or Law Courts of Brussels is the most important court building in Belgium.
Pan-European identity is the sense of personal identification with Europe, in a cultural, racial or political sense.
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of and a population of 2,206,488.
The Paris Bourse (Bourse de Paris) is the historical Paris stock exchange, known as Euronext Paris from 2000 onwards.
The Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region (All text and all but one graphic show the English name as Brussels-Capital Region.) (French: Parlement de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Parlement van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is the governing body of the Brussels-Capital Region, one of the three regions of Belgium.
The Parliament of the French Community (Parlement de la Communauté française or PCF) is the legislative assembly of the French Community of Belgium based in the Quartier Royal.
The Socialist Party (Parti socialiste, PS) is a social-democratic French-speaking political party in Belgium.
Paul Delvaux (23 September 1897 – 20 July 1994) was a Belgian painter famous for his paintings of female nudes.
Paul Hankar (11 December 1859 – 17 January 1901) was a Belgian architect and furniture designer, and an innovator in the Art Nouveau style.
Paul Saintenoy (19 June 1862 – 18 July 1952) was a Belgian architect, teacher, architectural historian, and writer.
Performing arts are a form of art in which artists use their voices or bodies, often in relation to other objects, to convey artistic expression.
Peri-urbanisation relates to those processes of dispersive urban growth that creates hybrid landscapes of fragmented urban and rural characteristics.
Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist.
The pharmaceutical industry (or medicine industry) is the commercial industry that discovers, develops, produces, and markets drugs or pharmaceutical drugs for use as different types of medicine and medications.
Philip I (22 July 1478 – 25 September 1506) called the Handsome or the Fair, was the first member of the house of Habsburg to be King of Castile.
Philip the Bold (17 January 1342 – 27 April 1404, Halle) was Duke of Burgundy (as Philip II) and jure uxoris Count of Flanders (as Philip II), Artois and Burgundy (as Philip IV).
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (15 January 1809 – 19 January 1865) was a French politician and the founder of mutualist philosophy.
Pieter Bruegel (also Brueghel) the Elder (c. 1525-1530 – 9 September 1569) was the most significant artist of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painting, a painter and printmaker from Brabant, known for his landscapes and peasant scenes (so called genre painting); he was a pioneer in making both types of subject the focus in large paintings.
Martyrs' Square (Place des Martyrs; Martelarenplein) is a square in the centre of Brussels.
Flagey Square (Place Eugène Flagey, Eugène Flageyplein, usually shortened to Flagey by locals), is a square in the Brussels municipality of Ixelles, Belgium.
The Place Royale (French, "Royal Square") or Koningsplein (Dutch, "King's Square") is a historic neoclassical square near the center of Brussels, Belgium.
The Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium is a Belgian planetarium and part of the institutions of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office.
A police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder.
Polish (język polski or simply polski) is a West Slavic language spoken primarily in Poland and is the native language of the Poles.
The government of the Brussels-Capital Region is the political administration of the Brussels region of Belgium.
The politics of Belgium take place in the framework of a federal, representative democratic, constitutional monarchy.
The port of Brussels is an inland harbour, which is accessible for ships up to 4,500 tons and push towing convoys up to 9,000 tonnes.
Portuguese (português or, in full, língua portuguesa) is a Western Romance language originating from the regions of Galicia and northern Portugal in the 9th century.
A postal code (also known locally in various English-speaking countries throughout the world as a postcode, post code, Eircode, PIN Code or ZIP Code) is a series of letters or digits or both, sometimes including spaces or punctuation, included in a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.
Postmodern architecture is a style or movement which emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the austerity, formality, and lack of variety of modern architecture, particularly in the international style advocated by Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Prague (Praha, Prag) is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 14th largest city in the European Union and also the historical capital of Bohemia.
Praline (New Orleans, Cajun and) is a form of confection containing at a minimum nuts and sugar; cream is a common third ingredient.
A premetro is a tramway or light railway which includes segments built to rapid transit standards, generally as part of a process of conversion to a metro-standards railway usually by the construction of tunnels in the central city area.
The Prime Minister of Belgium (Eerste minister van België; Premier ministre de Belgique; Premierminister von Belgien) or the Premier of Belgium is the head of the federal government in the Kingdom of Belgium.
The processional giants and dragons of Belgium and France are a set of folkloric manifestations which have been inscribed by UNESCO on the lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, originally proclaimed in November 2005.
A professional is a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified professional activity.
Protestantism is the second largest form of Christianity with collectively more than 900 million adherents worldwide or nearly 40% of all Christians.
The Province of Brabant was a province in Belgium from 1830 to 1995.
The country of Belgium is divided into three regions.
Proximus (previously known as Belgacom Mobile) is the largest of Belgium's three mobile telecommunications companies and is a part of Proximus Group (previously Belgacom Group).
The Proximus Towers (Tours Proximus, Proximus-torens, known as the Belgacom Towers before the company's name change) are twin skyscrapers on King Albert II Street in the Northern Quarter central business district of Brussels, Belgium.
Public broadcasting includes radio, television and other electronic media outlets whose primary mission is public service.
Public transport (also known as public transportation, public transit, or mass transit) is transport of passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip.
The Queen Elisabeth Competition (Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd, Concours musical international Reine Élisabeth) is an international competition for career-starting musicians held in Brussels.
Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, usually known as Anderlecht or RSCA, is a Belgian professional football club based in Anderlecht, Brussels Capital-Region.
R.W.D. Molenbeek, short for Racing White Daring Molenbeek, was a Belgian football club founded in 1909 as White Star Club de Bruxelles.
The Randstad is a megalopolis in the central-western Netherlands consisting primarily of the four largest Dutch cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) and their surrounding areas.
Reims (also spelled Rheims), a city in the Grand Est region of France, lies east-northeast of Paris.
René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist.
A restaurant, or an eatery, is a business which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money.
The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region (Metropolregion Rhein-Ruhr) is the largest metropolitan region in Germany with over 10 million inhabitants.
The Riffian people, in Tarifit: Irifiyen, by others also known as Riff, Riyefa or Ruafa, are a Berber speaking people of Northwestern Africa, who derive their name from the Rif region in the northern edge of Morocco.
The right of asylum (sometimes called right of political asylum, from the Ancient Greek word ἄσυλον) is an ancient juridical concept, under which a person persecuted by his own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, such as another country or church official, who in medieval times could offer sanctuary.
A ring road (also known as beltline, beltway, circumferential (high)way, loop or orbital) is a road or a series of connected roads encircling a town, city, or country.
Road bicycle racing is the cycle sport discipline of road cycling, held on paved roads.
Robert Campin (c. 1375 – 26 April 1444), now usually identified with the Master of Flémalle (earlier the Master of the Merode Triptych, before the discovery of three other similar panels), was the first great master of Flemish and Early Netherlandish painting.
The Rogier Tower (Rogiertoren, tour Rogier) is a skyscraper located in the Northern Quarter central business district of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium.
Rogier van der Weyden or Roger de la Pasture (1399 or 140018 June 1464) was an Early Netherlandish painter whose surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits.
The Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium.
The Roman Empire (Imperium Rōmānum,; Koine and Medieval Greek: Βασιλεία τῶν Ῥωμαίων, tr.) was the post-Roman Republic period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by government headed by emperors and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Romanesque architecture is an architectural style of medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches.
The Ronquières Inclined Plane is a Belgian canal inclined plane on the Brussels-Charleroi Canal in the province of Hainaut in Wallonia that opened in April 1968 after a six-year construction period.
Rotterdam is a city in the Netherlands, in South Holland within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta at the North Sea.
Rouge-Cloître Abbey (Abbaye du Rouge-Cloître, Rood-Klooster) is an Augustinian abbey, founded in 1367.
The Royal Mint of Belgium (French: La Monnaie Royale de Belgique; Dutch: De Koninklijke Munt van België) was responsible for minting all official coins of Kingdom of Belgium from 1832 to 2017.
Starting its activities in 1813, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (French: Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Dutch: Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium) received its official name in 1832.
The Royal Crypt is underneath the Church of Our Lady in Laeken and the members of the royal family are buried here.
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (Koninklijke Serres van Laken, Serres Royales de Laeken) are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Castle of Laeken in the north of Brussels.
The Royal Military Academy (École royale militaire, Koninklijke Militaire School) is the military university of Belgium.
The Royal Museum for Central Africa or RMCA (Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Afrika or KMMA; Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale or MRAC), colloquially known as the Africa Museum, is an ethnography and natural history museum situated in Tervuren in Flemish Brabant, Belgium, just outside Brussels.
The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History (Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire Militaire, often abbreviated to MRA, Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en de Krijgsgeschiedenis, KLM) is a military museum that occupies the two northernmost halls of the historic complex in Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels, Belgium.
The Royal Museums of Art and History (Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis, Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire) or RMAH is a group of museums in Brussels, Belgium.
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique) are a group of art museums in Brussels, Belgium.
The Royal Observatory of Belgium (Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van België; Observatoire Royal de Belgique), has been situated in Uccle (Ukkel in Dutch) since 1890.
The Royal Palace of Brussels (Koninklijk Paleis van Brussel, Palais Royal de Bruxelles, Königlicher Palast von Brüssel) is the official palace of the King and Queen of the Belgians in the centre of the nation's capital Brussels.
Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, often abbreviated to Union SG, is a Belgian football club originally located in the municipality of Saint-Gilles, in Brussels, although since the 1920s it has been based at the Stade Joseph Marien in the neighbouring municipality of Forest.
Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF) is the public broadcasting organization of the French Community of Belgium, the southern, French-speaking part of Belgium.
RTL-TVI is a private French-language television station in Belgium that is owned by the RTL Group.
Rudi Vervoort (born 20 November 1958 in Sint-Agatha-Berchem) is a Brussels politician.
Rue Neuve (French) or Nieuwstraat (Dutch) is a pedestrian street in Brussels' city center.
Rwanda (U Rwanda), officially the Republic of Rwanda (Repubulika y'u Rwanda; République du Rwanda), is a sovereign state in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland.
RWDM47, also known as RWD Molenbeek or often referred to as RWDM is a Belgian football club founded in 1951 as Standaard Wetteren.
RWS Bruxelles (Royal White Star Bruxelles) is a Belgian football club located in the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels.
The Sablon (French) or Zavel (Dutch) is a neighbourhood and hill in the historic upper town of Brussels.
Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg (French) or Sint-Jacob-op-Koudenberg (Dutch) is a neoclassical church located in the historic square of Place Royale in central Brussels, Belgium.
Saint Mary's Royal Church (Église Royale Sainte-Marie, Koninklijke Sint-Mariakerk) is a Roman Catholic parish church located on the Place de la Reine/Koninginneplein in the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek.
Saint-Géry Island (île Saint-Géry, Dutch) was the largest island in the Senne (Zenne) river in Brussels, Belgium.
Saint-Gilles or Sint-Gillis is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Saint-Job railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Uccle in Brussels, Belgium.
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode or Sint-Joost-ten-Node is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Saint-Louis University, Brussels, (French Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, unofficially abbreviated USL-B) is a public university in Brussels, belonging to the French Community of Belgium.
Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Schaerbeek, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium.
Schaerbeek (obsolete Dutch spelling, retained in French, pronounced) or Schaarbeek (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
The Scheldt (l'Escaut, Escô, Schelde) is a long river in northern France, western Belgium and the southwestern part of the Netherlands.
Schuman is a railway and metro station in the City of Brussels located above the Schuman metro station.
A science park (also called a "university research park", or a "science and technology park") is defined as being a property-based development that accommodates and fosters the growth of tenant firms and that are affiliated with a university (or a government and private research bodies) based on proximity, ownership, and/or governance.
Mean sea level (MSL) (often shortened to sea level) is an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth's oceans from which heights such as elevations may be measured.
The title secretary of state or state secretary is commonly used for senior or mid-level posts in governments around the world.
The Senne is a natural region of moorland and sand dunes in the Regierungsbezirk of Detmold, in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in west-central Germany.
The Seventeen Provinces were the Imperial states of the Habsburg Netherlands in the 16th century.
Sgraffito (plural: sgraffiti; sometimes spelled scraffito) is a technique either of wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colours to a moistened surface, or in pottery, by applying to an unfired ceramic body two successive layers of contrasting slip or glaze, and then in either case scratching so as to reveal parts of the underlying layer.
Shopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the potential intent to purchase a suitable selection of them.
The Siege of Brussels took place between January and February 1746 during the War of the Austrian Succession.
Simonis is a station on the Brussels Metro serving lines 2 and 6 via two different levels.
Sint-Agatha-Berchem or Berchem-Sainte-Agathe is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.
Sint-Genesius-Rode (Rhode-Saint-Genèse) is a municipality located in Flanders, one of three regions of Belgium, in the province of Flemish Brabant.
Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Dutch) or Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (French), often simply called Molenbeek, is one of 19 municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium).
Twin towns or sister cities are a form of legal or social agreement between towns, cities, counties, oblasts, prefectures, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.
The Six Days of Brussels was a six-day track cycling race held annually in Brussels, Belgium.
The Brussels small ring (petite ceinture, kleine ring) inner ring road, formally R20 is a series of roadways in central Brussels, Belgium, surrounding the historic city centre.
Social mobility is the movement of individuals, families, households, or other categories of people within or between social strata in a society.
Socialist Party Differently (sp.a) is a social-democratic Flemish political party in Belgium.
The Société générale de Belgique (Generale Maatschappij van België; literally "General Company of Belgium") was a large Belgian bank and later holdings company which existed between 1822 and 2003.
Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport (SRWT) (Walloon Regional Transport Company), is responsible for the supervision, strategic planning and marketing of a group of five regional public transport companies branded as TEC or "Transport En Commun" (Public Transport) in Wallonia, Belgium.
The International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, located in Brussels, were founded by the Belgian industrialist Ernest Solvay in 1912, following the historic invitation-only 1911 Conseil Solvay, considered a turning point in the world of physics.
The Sonian Forest or Sonian Wood (Zoniënwoud, Forêt de Soignes) is a forest at the southeast edge of Brussels, Belgium.
Spanish or Castilian, is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in Latin America and Spain.
Spanish Netherlands (Países Bajos Españoles; Spaanse Nederlanden; Pays-Bas espagnols, Spanische Niederlande) was the collective name of States of the Holy Roman Empire in the Low Countries, held in personal union by the Spanish Crown (also called Habsburg Spain) from 1556 to 1714.
Spirou and Fantasio (Spirou et Fantasio) is one of the most popular classic Franco-Belgian comics.
Saint V is the commonly used name for a holiday for freethinking university students in Brussels, Belgium, celebrating the founding of the Free University of Brussels.
The Statue of Europe (also referred to as Unity in Peace) is a sculpture symbolising peace through European integration, while at the same time aiming to demonstrate the motto of the European Union (EU), United in Diversity.
Steenokkerzeel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.
A stock exchange, securities exchange or bourse, is a facility where stock brokers and traders can buy and sell securities, such as shares of stock and bonds and other financial instruments.
A stock index or stock market index is a measurement of a section of the stock market.
The Stoclet Palace (Palais Stoclet, Stocletpaleis) is a mansion in Brussels, Belgium.
The Stone Age was a broad prehistoric period during which stone was widely used to make implements with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface.
Strasbourg (Alsatian: Strossburi; Straßburg) is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France and is the official seat of the European Parliament.
Strépy-Bracquegnies is a village in the Belgian province of Hainaut, and a part (deelgemeente) of the municipality of La Louvière.
A suicide attack is any violent attack in which the attacker expects their own death as a direct result of the method used to harm, damage or destroy the target.
Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.
A symbol is a mark, sign or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship.
A teaching hospital is a hospital or medical center that provides medical education and training to future and current health professionals.
Telenet Group is the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium.
Tenbosch (or Tenbos, meaning in the bush) is a public park in Ixelles, Brussels.
Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentionally indiscriminate violence as a means to create terror among masses of people; or fear to achieve a financial, political, religious or ideological aim.
The tertiary sector or service sector is the third of the three economic sectors of the three-sector theory.
Tervuren is a municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant, in Flanders, Belgium.
Thalys (French) is a French-Belgian high-speed train operator originally built around the LGV Nord high-speed line between Paris and Brussels.
The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of 24 comic albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé.
The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs; De Smurfen) is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest.
Tour du Midi (French) or Zuidertoren (Dutch), both meaning South Tower, is a 38-storey, skyscraper constructed between 1962 and 1967 in Brussels, Belgium.
Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing.
A train station, railway station, railroad station, or depot (see below) is a railway facility or area where trains regularly stop to load or unload passengers or freight.
The Brussels tram (or streetcar) system is a transport system in Brussels, Belgium.
Transport in Brussels can be made by means of many private or public transportation means.
The Treaty of Amsterdam, officially the Treaty of Amsterdam amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related acts, was signed on 2 October 1997, and entered into force on 1 May 1999; it made substantial changes to the Treaty of Maastricht, which had been signed in 1992.
The Treaty of Brussels, also referred to as the Brussels Pact, was the founding treaty of the Western Union (WU) between 1948 and 1954, at which it point it was amended as the Modified Brussels Treaty (MTB) and served as the founding treaty of the Western European Union (WEU) until its termination in 2010.
The Treaty of Utrecht, which established the Peace of Utrecht, is a series of individual peace treaties, rather than a single document, signed by the belligerents in the War of the Spanish Succession, in the Dutch city of Utrecht in March and April 1713.
Turkey (Türkiye), officially the Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti), is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe.
Turkish, also referred to as Istanbul Turkish, is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around 10–15 million native speakers in Southeast Europe (mostly in East and Western Thrace) and 60–65 million native speakers in Western Asia (mostly in Anatolia).
Uccle or Ukkel is one of the 19 municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Uccle-Calevoet railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Uccle in Brussels, Belgium.
Uccle-Stalle railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Uccle in Brussels, Belgium.
The 1972 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Belgium.
The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, association football's governing body in Europe.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO; Organisation des Nations unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.
The Union of Francophones (Union des Francophones, UF) is a political party in Belgium that participates as electoral lists in regional, provincial, and municipal elections in the Flemish Province of Flemish Brabant.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed with some organisations, including the and preferring to use Britain as shorthand for Great Britain is a sovereign country in western Europe.
The United Kingdom of the Netherlands (Verenigd Koninkrijk der Nederlanden; Royaume-Uni des Pays-Bas) is the unofficial name given to the Kingdom of the Netherlands as it existed between 1815 and 1839.
The University of Louvain (Université catholique de Louvain, UCL) is Belgium's largest French-speaking university.
Université Laval (Laval University) is a French-language, public research university in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The Université libre de Bruxelles (in English: Free University of Brussels), abbreviated ULB, is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium.
A university (universitas, "a whole") is an institution of higher (or tertiary) education and research which awards academic degrees in various academic disciplines.
Urban contemporary is a music radio format.
Urban renewal (also called urban regeneration in the United Kingdom, urban renewal or urban redevelopment in the United States) is a program of land redevelopment in cities, often where there is urban decay.
Victor Pierre Horta (Victor, Baron Horta after 1932; 6 January 1861 – 8 September 1947) was a Belgian architect and designer.
Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.
The Villa Empain is a private house in the Art Deco style designed and built between 1930 and 1934 by Swiss architect Michel Polak for Baron Louis Empain, son of Belgian industrialist Baron Édouard Empain, located in Brussels, Belgium.
Villo! (a portmanteau of the French words "Ville" (City) and "Vélo" (Bicycle)) is a public bicycle rental programme in Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium.
Saint Vindicianus (Vindician) (Vindicien) (632 – 712) was a bishop of Cambrai-Arras.
The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (Flemish Radio and Television Broadcasting Organization), or VRT, is the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Region and Community of Belgium.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a Dutch-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium.
VTM or Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij (English: Flemish Television Company) is the main commercial television station in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking north of Belgium and forms part of a network of channels owned by MEDIALAAN (formerly VMMa).
A waffle is a dish made from leavened batter or dough that is cooked between two plates that are patterned to give a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression.
Wallonia (Wallonie, Wallonie(n), Wallonië, Walonreye, Wallounien) is a region of Belgium.
Walloon Brabant (Brabant wallon, Dutch:, Roman Payis) is a province of Belgium, located in Wallonia.
Walloons (Wallons,; Walons) are a Romance ethnic people native to Belgium, principally its southern region of Wallonia, who speak French and Walloon.
The War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748) involved most of the powers of Europe over the question of Maria Theresa's succession to the Habsburg Monarchy.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States of America.
Watermael railway station is a railway station in the municipality of Watermael-Boitsfort in Brussels, Belgium operated by SNCB/NMBS.
Watermael-Boitsfort (French) or Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Dutch) is a residential suburb of the city of Brussels in Belgium which is one of the 19 municipalities which form the Brussels-Capital Region.
Welfare is a government support for the citizens and residents of society.
Wemmel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.
Western Europe is the region comprising the western part of Europe.
In historiography, the Western Roman Empire refers to the western provinces of the Roman Empire at any one time during which they were administered by a separate independent Imperial court, coequal with that administering the eastern half, then referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire.
Wezembeek-Oppem is a municipality in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant, east of the centre of Brussels.
William I (Willem Frederik, Prince of Orange-Nassau; 24 August 1772 – 12 December 1843) was a Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
The Woluwe is a stream that goes through several municipalities in the southeast and east of Brussels and is a right tributary of the Senne/Zenne (in Vilvoorde).
Woluwe-Saint-Lambert or Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre or Sint-Pieters-Woluwe (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
A World Heritage site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties.
World music (also called global music or international music) is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as ethnic music and Western popular music, intermingle.
The World Trade Center of Brussels, Belgium is a complex of skyscrapers at the corner of Albert II Boulevard and Simon Bolivar Boulevard in the Northern Quarter central business district of Brussels.
World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.
Zaventem is a Belgian municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant.
The Zenne or Senne is a small river that flows through Brussels, left tributary of the Dijle/Dyle.
The Zinneke Parade is a biennial parade held in the city of Brussels, Belgium since 2000.
.brussels is a generic top-level domain for Brussels, Belgium.
The 1985 European Cup Final was a football match between Liverpool of England and Juventus of Italy on 29 May 1985 at the Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium.
The 20 km of Brussels (20 km de Bruxelles, 20 km door Brussel) is a 20.1 km race that has been held each year in Brussels since 1980, usually in May.
On November 15, 2013, a gunman attacked the offices of the BFM TV news channel, in Paris, France.
On the morning of 22 March 2016, three coordinated suicide bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels.
The 40th G8 summit was due to be held in Russia in 2014.
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