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- LANGUAGE Frans, Nederlands
Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central part of the country and is part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (within which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region. Brussels is the most populous and the richest region of Belgium in terms of GDP per capita. It covers 162 km2, a relatively small area compared to the other two regions, and has a population of over 1.2 million. The five times larger metropolis of Brussels has more than 2.5 million inhabitants, making it the largest in Belgium
Brussels grew from a small rural settlement on the Senne into an important urban region in Europe. Since the end of World War II, it has been an important center for international politics and home to numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and officials. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it is home to a number of important EU institutions, including the administrative-legislative, executive-political and legislative branch As the economic capital of Belgium and one of the main financial centers of Western Europe with Euronext Brussels, it is classified as an Alpha world city. Brussels is a hub for rail, road and air traffic, sometimes earning the nickname “Crossroads of Europe”. The Brussels metro is the only fast transit system in Belgium. Moreover, both the airport and the train stations are the largest and busiest in the country.