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Brussels at a glance

Belgium is a small country but it holds a special place.

Belgium is situated at the heart of Europe, between some of the most important countries in Western Europe. Belgium was in a way already playing a "European" role even before it became "Belgian", as it has been since the Middle Ages a meeting place for all. This tradition of openness continues today. Belgium is still a hub for international contacts. Of particular note is the presence in Belgium, in addition to the institutions of the European Union, of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the General Secretariat of the Benelux. More than 1,000 public and private international organizations (international institutions, diplomatic missions, lobby groups, think tanks, multinationals...) have set up headquarters or have a permanent secretariat in Belgium.

Belgium fires one's imagination. Tourists from all over the world are attracted to Belgium and its cosmopolitan capital, Brussels.

Enjoy your stay!

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