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City hall at the Grote Markt

Brussels (French: Bruxelles, Dutch: Brussel, German: Brüssel) is the capital city of Belgium and the European Union.

In 2007, 145,917 people lived there.[1] But the area around it, known as the Brussels-Capital Region, had 1,031,215 people (which makes it the largest city area in Belgium).

The people of Brussels speak mainly French and Flemish (a type of Dutch). But there are lots of other languages spoken as well, because the European Union offices are there.

The city is at 50° 50 North, 04° 21 East.[2]


Many popular European comics came from Brussels, such as (Tintin, The Smurfs, Snorks, Lucky Luke).

It is also well known for a style of building known as Art Nouveau.

The vegetables Brussels sprouts are named after the city, and Brussels is also famous for its waffles and its chocolates.

A lot of tourists visit Brussels for "Manneken Pis".


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