Brussels-Capital Region (la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale) lies in north-central Belgium. The region is coextensive with Greater Brussels, a metropolitan area that contains the capital city of Brussels (Bruxelles). The officially bilingual Brussels-Capital Region was one of three self-governing regions created during the federalization of Belgium in the 1980s and ’90s; the other two were the French-speaking Wallonia (Walloon Region) and the Flemish-speaking Flanders (Flemish Region). The Brussels-Capital Region has its own elected regional assembly and is composed of 19 administratively autonomous municipalities (French: communes; Flemish: gemeenten). Find property for sale in Brussels-Capital Region.
Although Brussels is geographically in Flanders, 70% of its inhabitants speak French and only 10% Flemish. 20% of the population speak non-native languages as their mother-tongue. English is the de facto 3rd language, due to Brussels' international character. Brussels is a very cosmopolitan city, composed of 31% of non-Belgians and 6% of naturalized foreigners. The biggest groups of non-nationals are French, Italian and Moroccan, but there is a great diversity of origins, thanks to the international institutions. Get your own property in Brussels-Capital Region.
Being also an independent state, the status of the Brussels-Capital Region somewhat resembles that of the US District of Columbia, although in more complicated. Belgium is a federal country, made of juxtaposed geographic region-states (Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia) and linguistic community-states (French, Dutch and German), each with specific powers (e.g. economic matters are managed by the regions, while education and tourism are managed by the communities). One of the 3 region-states is the Brussels Capital Region, which also acts as the capital of the French Community of Belgium (Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles in French) and of Flanders (both Region and Community). All Flemish capital institutions are established there, from the Flemish Parliament to the Flemish government and its administration. As a result Brussels is officially a bilingual city, with all street signs written in French and Dutch, and often also in English. Buy your own real-estate (flat, apartment, house, luxury villa, land or business/commercial property) in Brussels-Capital Region.
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