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Atomium building in Brussels

Atomium Belgium

The Atomium is situated in Heysel, the northern downtown of Brussels. The design is based on a crystallized molecule of iron magnified 150 milliard times.

Welcome to Brussels

Brussels (French: Bruxelles) officially known as Brussels-Capital Region, is the capital of Belgium, capital of Flanders, European host of the NATO headquarters and the host of the headquarters of the EU (European Union). It is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium and Flanders. In addition it is the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community of Belgium.

Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main center for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions as well as the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.

Although historically it was a Dutch-speaking city of the Dutch speaking Brabant, Brussels became increasingly French-speaking over the 19th and 20th centuries. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, though both languages have the official status. Also the English language is getting recently more and more popular. Linguistic tensions remain, and the language laws of the municipalities surrounding Brussels are an issue of considerable controversy in Belgian domestic politics.

Iris of Brussels

See also:

History of Brussels

Brussels as International city