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Brussels (French: Bruxelles, [bʁysɛl] ; Dutch: Brussel, [ˈbrɵsəl] ), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels which is the de jure capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the region of Flanders (in which it forms an enclave) or Wallonia. The region has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the polyglot home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions (the other administrative centres are Luxembourg and Strasbourg). The secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are also located in Brussels. Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a language shift to French from the late 19th century onwards. Today the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. All road signs, street names, and many advertisements and services are shown in both languages. Brussels is increasingly becoming multilingual with increasing numbers of migrants, expatriates and minority groups speaking their own languages.

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Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Brussels, Belgium. Explore Brussels travel guide before you plan your trip here. Brussels is located at a short trip away from Antwerp a major city in Belgium. Antwerp is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Antwerp Central Station, Mas - Museum Aan De Stroom, Cathedral Of Our Lady. A vacation to Brussels can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Brussels*

  • Pollution Statistics in Brussels

    Know the pollution level of Brussels before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 63.36 (High)
    • Water Pollution 46.59 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 54.85 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.44 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34.93 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 57.35 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 46.32 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.73 (Low)
  • Brussels: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Brussels for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Brussels.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.53 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 52.63 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 47.16 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.01 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 40.38 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 59.23 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 53.22 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 52.08 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.19 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.13 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 41.92 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.73 (High)
  • Living in Brussels - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Brussels is 150.29 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 47.95 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 83.85 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.45 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.04 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.26 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.02 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 100.57 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Brussels

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Brussels

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.26 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.95 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 93.73 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 96.89 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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