Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
Avenue Louise 93, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: 0032 2 7007858
Brussels is a city with centuries of history. Today, it continues to take part on the international stage. But there are a few curious things that have originated in Brussels that have inspired food, photographers, vegetables and animal lovers around the world to be named after it. Belgium has a rich tourism industry and its cities are small and culturally diverse. There are many interesting facts about Belgium that travellers may be interested to find out. Russel region is made up of 19 separate communes; the City of Brussels is one of these communes has about 150,000 inhabitants and dates back to the original city built in the 13th century. Some fun facts about Brussels include the fact that on last count there are 249 butchers, 874 hairdressers and 647 pharmacies. Brussels is one of the most international cities in the world. 27% of the population is made up of foreigners, not including those who have taken Belgian citizenship. In following with its status as the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the location for 40,000 EU employees, 4,000 NATO employees and hosts about 300 permanent representations: lobby groups, embassies and press corporations.
A part from being the centre of European politics, Brussels has a fascinating and old history that dates back to the 11th century when it began as a small dukedom the size of the current downtown area. In 1830 Belgium became independent and Brussels became the capital of Belgium under a new king and parliament. Find out more about the interesting facts of Belgium through a mixture of facts, history, cultural traditions and political infrastructure.