The capital and the largest urban area in Belgium – Brussels is a magnificent city with diverse history and traditions. Being an administrative centre of many international organizations and a home of the headquarters of numerous institutions Brussels is also considered an important international centre and the capital of the European Union.
The Brussels-Capital region consists of 19 municipalities like each of them has individual responsibilities for the law enforcement, roads, schools and other local level duties. Therefore there are separate municipal administrations with different Mayors and councils.
With about 150 thousand inhabitants and 35 square kilometers area – the City of Brussels is the largest and most populous municipality amongst all. The smallest one is “Saint-Josse-ten-Noode” which covers an area of just 1 square kilometer but it is an interesting fact to know that it has the highest population density – with a population of about 20 thousand people it means the population density is about 20,000 per square kilometer. With about 18,500 inhabitants – “Koekelberg” is the municipality with the lowest population among all 19.
Starting from medieval fortress town, today Brussels is a metropolitan city with more than 1.8 million inhabitants and two official languages - French and Dutch.
The climate is classified as oceanic thus making the rainy days something usual (around 200 days per year) - be sure to take umbrella and warm clothes, because the overage yearly temperatures are around 10-12 °C
In this table you can see the averages by month
|Average °C (F)
||3.2 (37.5)||3.5 (38.5)
||6.4 (43.5)||8.95 (48.5)
||13.3 (56)||15.7 (60.5)
|Average °C (F)
||18 (64)||18 (64)
||14.8 (58.5)||11 (52)
||6.4 (43.5)||4.2 (39.5)