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Flanders is the combination of the people, their environment and their history.

Flanders has always been at the crossroads of northern and southern Europe. It offers century’s worth of cultural heritage gems in the fine arts and architecture as well as cutting edge art, fashion, design and contemporary gastronomy.

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Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and Brussels hosts the EU's headquarters, as well as those of many other major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi), and it has a population of about 10.8 million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups, the Dutch-speakers, mostly Flemish, and the French-speakers, mostly Walloons, plus a small group of German-speakers. Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region. A small German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia. English is widely spoken throughout Flanders.