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Belgium is one of the six founders of the European Community. As a multicultural country, it holds three major West European cultures, namely German, Dutch and French.

Brussels, its capital city, is world famous for hosting several European institutions. Expatriates wishing to move there will be joining a happy expat community which, to date, accounts for some 600,000 inhabitants. Welcome to Belgium!

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As it is such a vibrant and diverse city, it should come as no surprise to learn that Brussels is home to lots of different cultures and people from different backgrounds. While many people joke that it is hard to meet an actual Belgian in the city, Brussels' unique culture and way of life shine forth in many ways. Here are just some things to keep in mind when adjusting to the local culture in Brussels.

While it may be small in comparison with other capital cities, Brussels certainly punches above its weight when it comes to politics and power. With so many influential organisations and international institutions based in the city, it is no surprise that networking is crucial in Brussels as many people attempt to push their agenda and advance their career. Knowing how to network is therefore crucial as is understanding the etiquette around it. To give you an idea of how it works, let's take a look at the networking etiquette in Brussels.

When studying abroad, it's always a bit hard to know in advance exactly what it will be like. As such, it's well worth thoroughly researching everything beforehand, so that you have a better idea of what you can expect. As a city, Brussels has everything you could want as a student: fantastic universities, a vibrant cultural scene as well as a lively nightlife and every year thousands of international students head to the capital to begin their studies. To give you an idea of what's on offer, here is an overview of student life in Brussels.

As lots of people move to Brussels to advance their career, it is no surprise that most people in the city are looking to develop their professional network. Add in the fact that over 35,000 lobbyists are working in Brussels and you'll find that there is a myriad of events each week where you can make useful contacts. Here are some tips on how you can expand your professional network in Brussels.

As Brussels is home to such an international crowd, there are loads of ways that newcomers to the city can make friends and develop their social network. On any given day there will be an international meet up of some sort or another going on, and as everyone is in the same position, it is very easy to meet new people. To help you out, here are some ways that you can broaden your social network in Brussels.

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Go Kimy

11 months ago

I decided to create this blog to help people who find themselves confused by the process of moving to Belgium via a cohabitation visa. Bureaucracy is a pain, but we can overcome it with the right mindset and complete paperwork! Let's go!

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Hello folks! I'm Marília Breite, I love to write about my life experiences here at Papel com Clips. I live in Leuven, a small town in Belgium, but I was born in Campinas - São Paulo. I have a degree in Political Science, but my true passion is history and archaeology. Since I was a little girl I've been dreaming about medieval castles, ancient pyramids and to travel the world. Now, after many ups and downs, my childhood dreams have come true. Through this blog, I've had the privilege to inspire many other girls and women to do the same: to believe in themselves and to achieve their goals. Is not this wonderful?

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Putting the Belle in Belgium

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My website comes from a love of all things Southern food, decorating, and hosting, with a few entertaining travel stories in between. Everyday, Im just doing my best to mesh the old and the new and have a few friends over for brunch and dinner to celebrate. Besides, you can take the girl out of Texas, but you cant take Texas out of the girl.


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