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Belgians aged over 65 will keep special yellow box for emergency situations

  The city of Ghent has launched a trial system for emergency situations involving the elderly: a yellow plastic box that’s kept in the fridge. The box contains personal and medical information, as well as contact details of next of kin, and is intended to be used by the over-65s and those who have a […]

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Symbolic Olympic torch paraded from Brussels to the Belgian coast

A delegation of runners took off from Brussels’ Rogier Tower on Thursday morning carrying a symbolic Olympic flame through the capital to mark the start of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, writes Bruzz. The group made its first pit stop at the famous statue of the Manneken Pis, which was dressed […]

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Roberto Martinez named new manager of Belgium’s national football team

Belgium’s national football team surprised the football world on Wednesday with the appointment of its new manager, Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard was selected as the Red Devils’ new trainer, succeeding Marc Wilmots. Martinez has spent the last several years coaching in England, but was sacked earlier this year for underperformance at Everton. Belgium was looking […]

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Brussels government to invest heavily in metro renewal, safety

The Brussels public transport company STIB will purchase 43 new metro trains and renew the safety signals along the metro network. The Brussels government will invest €545 million in the modernisation project, according to Bruzz. The aim is to increase the frequency of the metros, and to give shape to the planned expansion of the […]

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Belgian men are second tallest in the world

Belgian men are the second tallest in the world, after the Dutch, and have grown by 15cm over the past century. The average Belgian male is 1.82m tall – a centimetre shorter than men from the Netherlands. This is an increase from an average 1.67m 100 years ago. The world’s shortest men can be found […]

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Busiest weekend in history for Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport is expecting its busiest-ever weekend, with a record 253,000 passengers passing through the terminal over the next three days. Friday will be the busiest day in the airport’s history with an estimated 90,000 passengers – split evenly between arrivals and departures. It is the main weekend when July holidaymakers return home and August […]

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Tablets to save Brussels city council 100,000 pages of printing each year

Each member of Brussels city council will be given a tablet computer as a way of making “savings on paper, ink, fuel and labour”, it has been announced. The initiative comes from the Brussels councillor in charge of technology, Mohamed Ouriaghli, who said: “This measure is part of the Smart City policy and fits in […]

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Starbucks expands to more Brussels metro stations

After taking up residence in Montgomery and Louise metros in recent weeks, Starbucks has opened its third metro station outlet in Brussels, this time at the Schuman. Starbucks has made a home of Brussels since the inception of its Central Station coffee shop back in 2011. In 2012 came the inauguration of another of its […]

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Brussels Summer Festival

The Brussels Summer Festival (BSF) is the major Brussels music event of the year will take place 05/08/2016 – 14/08/2016 The Brussels Summer Festival offers an eclectic series of live concerts over ten days in the area in front of the Royal Palace and nearby (the museum square and the Mont des Arts area). ABD […]

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Guided tours in Brussels (beginning of September)

From Friday to Sunday, there will be various free guided walking and bike tours, available in French, Dutch and English. ·         Guided tours of comic murals (1 hour 30 minutes) Come and discover Brussels in the company of a professional guide from Arkadia and see characters like Astérix, Tintin and Snowy, and Nero immortalised in […]

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