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Information About City of Brussels

  • Brussels, officially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Capital Region is the capital of Belgium.
  • It is also the largest urban area in Belgium, comprising 19 municipalities, including the municipality of the City of Brussels, which is the de jure capital of Belgium, in addition to the seat of the French Community of Belgium and of the Flemish Community.
  • The city has a population of 1.1 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, both of them the largest in Belgium.
  • The 19 municipalities (communes) of the Brussels-Capital Region are political subdivisions with individual responsibilities for the handling of local level duties, such as law enforcement and the upkeep of schools and roads within its borders.
  • The largest and most populous of the municipalities is the City of Brussels, covering 32.6 square kilometres (12.6 sq mi) with 145,917 inhabitants.
  • The Brussels-Capital Region is one of the three federated regions of Belgium, alongside Wallonia and the Flemish Region.
  • Geographically and linguistically, it is a bilingual enclave in the unilingual Flemish Region. Regions are one component of Belgium's institutions, the three communities being the other component: Brussels' inhabitants deal with either the French (speaking) Community or the Flemish Community for matters such as culture and education.
  • Brussels serves as capital of the European Union, hosting the major political institutions of the Union.
  • The architecture in Brussels is diverse, and spans from the medieval constructions on the Grand Place to the postmodern buildings of the EU institutions.
  • Main attractions include the Grand Place, since 1988 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Gothic town hall in the old centre, the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Laeken with its large greenhouses. Another famous landmark is the Royal Palace.

 

 

 

SCHAERBEEK

  • Schaerbeek is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.
  • The first mention of the name was Scarenbecca, recorded in a document from the Bishop of Cambrai in 1120. The origin of the name may come from the Franconian (Old Dutch) words schaer (notch, score) and beek (creek). 
  • Its total area is 8.14 km2.
  • Its total population is 127,747
  • The eastern part of Schaerbeek (the area near Vergote Square, Diamant quarter, and Josaphat Park) is nowadays a location selected by affluent people for its architecture and its convenient location.
  • The western part of Schaerbeek (the area near the Brussels-North railway station, the Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg and the Van Praet bridge) is home to a large Turkish immigrant community, a significant part of which originates from Afyon or Emirdağ, Turkey.
  • The district’s current Mayor is Bernard Clerfayt.

 

              Schaerbeek became the twin town of Beyoğlu on the 19th February 2003.
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