Belgium has always lived with multilingualism. Since its independence in 1830, this constitutional monarchy tries to achieve harmony between its French-, German-, and Dutch-speaking inhabitants. 67 km of coast and coastal plains along the North Sea, a central plateau and the hills and forest of the Ardennes has shaped the highly diverse geographical landscape of this country, which plays a major political role in Europe. Most of the European institutions are indeed established in Brussels along with the NATO. At the frontier between France, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, the country has a little more than 10 million inhabitants. The history of Belgium is associated with trade and cultural exchange with its neighbours. The Austrian, Spanish, French and Dutch periods have left their mark on the architecture as well as on the lifestyle of the Belgians.
Over the course of its history, Belgium has produced an impressive number of painters who are still widely admired and respected today. In recent years, it has become the realm of offbeat humour and auto-derision. Creative, innovative, and insatiable travellers, the Belgians are also into business. They brew more than 1000 varieties of beers, produce a chocolate that has nothing to envy the Swiss one, and make the best fries in the world. So varied and diverse, Belgium welcomes you for stimulating Dutch courses!