The country is a founding member of the European Union, which hosts its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. While in the capital, Brussels, one can visit important political institutions like NATO, the European Commission, the European Council.

While Belgium is known for its numerous exported goods, it is also recognized for its open-minded and foreigner-friendly attitude. Belgium is historically divided into the Flemish, the Dutch speaking community in the north and the Walloons, the French speaking population in the south.

While embracing an elegant French influence in both their social life and cooking style, Belgium is a cosmopolitan region, containing numerous interesting museums and fine eateries. Belgium offers its visitors an exciting nightlife: theater productions are offered in both Flemish and French, and numerous cinemas, discotheques, and nighttime cafes are easily accessible. Lastly, no visit to Belgium is complete without a picture pose in front of the Manneken Pis statue!

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