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Brussels public transport will become free for under-25s and over-65s

  From next summer every resident under 25 and over 65 will not pay for using public transport in Brussels, the Stib has announced. The measure has received the approval of the Brussels government and is expected to cost about €12 million a year. Young people aged 12-24 currently pay a reduced rate of €50 […]

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The number of cyclists doubled in Belgium

  Twice as many Belgians are cycling to work regularly compared to the number from five years ago. In total, 13% of commuters are now cyclists. Thanks to electric bicycles, people are willing to cycle longer distances. The average cycle commute is 9.4 kilometres one-way, about two kilometres more than five years ago. The use […]

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Brussels Cocktail Week is starting this weekend

  A week-long will involve more than 40 bars and restaurants across Brussels. Brussels Cocktail Week starts on Sunday at 15.00 at the Hôtel de la Poste at Tour & Taxis. During the week bartenders from all over Europe will present food and cocktail pairings. A number of other events as well as masterclasses and […]

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The Atomium recorded its best visitor numbers in a decade

  Last month the Atomium has been attended up to 15% more people than during the same period last year. The monument attracted 84,742 people in August, the best performance since August 2008, when special events were organised to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Between January and August, 452,001 visitors were counted. Two thirds of the […]

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Belgian Red Lions have won European hockey championships

  The Belgian men’s field hockey team won the European cup. The EuroHockey Championships was held in Antwerp, with the Red Lions winning the final on Saturday. The win automatically qualifies Belgium for a place in next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The team brought home silver from the Rio Games in 2016. Belgium was […]

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Trial project of self-driving shuttle bus in Brussels campus

  A self-driving shuttle bus will start to ferry staff, students and members of the public around the medical campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Jette. The idea is to study the possibilities for a wider application of self-driving vehicles in Brussels as well as helping people get around the 32-hectare site. The Brussels […]

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The tallest sculpture in Europe ‘Arc majeur’ will be placed in Belgium

  The sculpture ‘Arc majeur’ is being erected on the E411 at Rochefort and will be finished in October. The first pieces of ‘Arc majeur’, a new public artwork in Namur province, went up at the weekend. It will be the largest sculpture in Europe with 60 metres above the motorway, twice as tall as […]

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New design for Belgian royal coats of arms

  King Philippe of Belgium has updated the royal coats of arms which have not been changed for last 119 years. The monarch’s personal arms now include the motto L’Union fait la force (Unity makes strength) in Dutch and German as well as in French. Another important revision is in the reintroduction of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha […]

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Information Fair for Expats: Welcome to Belgium

  September is usually a busy time in the capital and across the country, as workers and their families arrive for their new posts at international companies, the EU, Nato and other organisations. That’s why ING bank is organising its third free Expat Information Fair on 25 September It will be a chance to get […]

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Tomorrowland festival continues this weekend in Belgium

  Tomorrowland is the world’s biggest dance music festival held each summer in Boom, Antwerp province, Belgium. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the largest and most notable dance music festivals. This year festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the theme The Book of Wisdom The Return. About […]

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