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Brussels capital and largest city[edit]

The infobox states that Brussels is the largest city in Belgium, but when you click on it it links to the City of Brussels article not the Brussels Capital Region. The City of Brussels is NOT the largest city in Belgium by itself, only when you include the entire Brussels capital region.2602:306:CC42:8340:B9DA:211D:AE70:83C2 (talk) 02:17, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Then what is the largest city in Belgium? Gerard von Hebel (talk) 18:07, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
I meant that isn't Brussels the City separate from the Brussels Capital Region? They list only the City of Brussels as the capital and not the whole region.2602:306:CC42:8340:D982:41B3:9554:523E (talk) 00:41, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
With a population of 510,610, Antwerp is the most populous city in Belgium [1]
But why are we only counting the Ville de Bruxelles municipality for the population of Brussels? The idea that Ixelles or Anderlecht doesn't count as part of the Brussels is pretty curious.—Brigade Piron (talk) 08:47, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Brussels is no longer listed as the largest city in Belgium in the article. That is wrong as the entire Brussels-capital is considered one city and has a population of about 1.4 million. This is not the metro area which has a larger population. That is larger than Antwerp. The article should be changed.2602:306:CC42:8340:4CA9:B83C:E252:11B4 (talk) 09:59, 3 November 2016 (UTC)

This has been discussed extensively in the past :
if the statement "Brussels is the largest city " is used then that is definitely not true  : the correct administrative city area of Brussels has a surface of 32.61 km2 (12.59 sq mi) and a population of 178,552 neither of which makes it qualify for largest city : the table of belgian communties shows that Antwerp with 517.042 citizens has the highest number of inhabitants and Doornik (Tournai) has with 213,75 km² has the largeste surface.
if the statement "Brussels (capital region) is the largest city " should used then that is definitely not true either because although "Brussels capital region" is a region of the Belgian Federal state and compares to Flanders and Wallonia as other regions , as prescribed by the constitution, and could be considered a single urban area, it dos not qualify as a city BCR has a gouvernment and a parliament and doesnot have a city council and a burgemaster, in fact it has 19 elected city councils and a burgemasters, making it 19 administrative entities of equal rank as Antwerp and Doornik. --DerekvG (talk) 15:16, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

But all of Greater London is called the capital of the UK in its article, but only Westminster (where most UK government buildings are located) and the City of London (the tiny financial center in the heart of Greater London) have city status. What is so different about Brussels?2602:306:CC42:8340:7088:65C9:D3BB:94C4 (talk) 21:39, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Folklore[edit]

Your affirmation "A major non-official holiday is the Saint-Nicolas (Sint Nicholas in English) Day, a festivity for children in Belgium and also for students" is not correct. Saint Nicholas Day is also celebrated for students in all University towns in Belgium. Many drivers stuck in the traffic would confirm it was because of the Sint Nicholas students's procession in Brussels. Eva. 23March2010


PS: ridiculous comments about Belgium once again among other stupid comments from French and other Wikipedians about other items and articles!

Is it the outcome of Wikipedia's idealistic project about which I wasted my time attending a MOOC course on the French platform FUN early this year ?? See at https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/WMFr/86001/session01/info.

Now I am telling you frankly after +/- 6 months personal experience: I found out all those VAIN, FUTILE 'guerres d'édition'/ 'edit warring' (such nice words!!): the black side of Wikipedia!

Matter of EGOS only !

HOW DISAPPOINTING!

Read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Edit_warring & https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Guerre_d%27%C3%A9dition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lamest_edit_wars & https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Guerres_d%27%C3%A9dition_les_plus_futiles.

Actually most of them are completely VAIN (EN) / FUTILES (FR)! Just a matter of common sense ~~

Army and Molenbeek[edit]

Regarding this and previous similar edits, the claim that the Belgian army is "failed" (whatever that means) would need to be sourced. The material on Molenbeek does not belong here, but rather at Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and, to some extent, at Brussels. Cordless Larry (talk) 07:54, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Pronunciation of <Belgien> in German[edit]

There's a schwa in there... Wathiik (talk) 09:50, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

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