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a city in and the capital of Belgium, in the central part.
a kingdom in W Europe, bordering the North Sea, N of France. 11,779 sq. mi. (30,508 sq. km).
Capital: Brussels.
a former duchy in W Europe, now divided between the Netherlands and Belgium.
a province in central Belgium. 1268 sq. mi. (3285 sq. km).
Capital: Brussels.
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the capital of Belgium, in the central part: became capital of Belgium in 1830; seat of the European Commission. Pop: 999 899 (2004 est) Flemish name Brussel (ˈbrysəl) French name Bruxelles
a former duchy of W Europe: divided when Belgium became independent (1830), the south forming the Belgian provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and the north forming the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
a former province of central Belgium; replaced in 1995 by the provinces of Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant
a federal kingdom in NW Europe: at various times under the rulers of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France, and the Netherlands before becoming an independent kingdom in 1830. It formed the Benelux customs union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1948 and and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It consists chiefly of a low-lying region of sand, woods, and heath (the Campine) in the north and west, and a fertile undulating central plain rising to the Ardennes Mountains in the southeast. Languages: French, Flemish (Dutch), German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Brussels. Pop: 10 444 268 (2013 est). Area: 30 513 sq km (11 778 sq miles)

Note: Several international organizations, including NATO and the EU are headquartered in Brussels.

Note: Headquarters for the EU and for NATO.


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