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Brussels (or Bruxelles in French) is the capital of Belgium, located in the middle of the land. Two of the four main institutions of the European Union (the European Commission and the Council of the European Union) have their headquarters in Brussels.

Together with the region Brussels has more than a million inhabitants. Besides that Brussels is also the capital of Flanders and of the French Community because Belgium is divided into a northern Dutch-speaking and a southern French-speaking region.

With its hight of 150 metres the South Tower is the tallest building in Brussels. The so-called Atomium is the symbol of Brussels. It is a 103 metre representation of an iron crystal  from the Expo in 1958.

Brussels has several universities like the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). While originally the spoken language in Brussels was a Brabantic dialect of Dutch also French was in use as official language and as the language of the upper class.

During the 19th century most of the population spoke French. Today dialects are rare and the region is officially bilingual with French and Dutch. Brussels has two nearby airports (Brussels National Airport and Brussels South Airport), its major train stations located on the North-South Junction link it to Great Britain via the Eurostar and to the rest of Europe by high speed trains. Inside the city you can find the Brussels metro.

Capitals near Brussels: Amsterdam, Berlin, Berne, Dublin, London

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