Why come to Brussels?

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Brussels is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. It is more than 1000 years old. Today the name Brussels also stands for a city with 19 boroughs covering 162 km2 housing a million inhabitants and forming one of the three Regions of the federal Belgian state. Brussels is the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium. It is officially bilingual (French and Dutch), although it boasts an astonishing variety of cultures, styles and nationalities. Nearly one third of its population is of foreign origin, and this makes for a unique atmosphere in which cultures interact easily with one another. English is rapidly becoming a lingua franca in Brussels because of the numerous international political organizations. Thus, language is not a barrier in the capital of Europe.
Brussels is also the headquarters of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, and the NATO. As the capital of Europe, Brussels is an international city like no other. As the decision-making heart of Europe, Brussels has become an international capital where leaders from all over the world meet to use their influence in policymaking decisions as well as to do business. Its economy is largely service-oriented. Many multinationals have regional headquarters in Brussels and it hosts many technological companies.

Brussels is located at the heart of Europe. Frequent high-speed trains connect Brussels to interesting cities like London, Paris, and Amsterdam. There are also many and cheap flight connections to the major cities in Europe.

Despite the booming international attraction of Brussels, the city has preserved many aspects of its original atmosphere and history and offers a pleasant environment for a student life in which study is complemented by leisure and culture. Moreover Brussels remains an accessible capital, characterized by a relatively low cost of living.

For more information on Brussels and Belgium see www.brussels.org and www.visitbelgium.com.