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Born Vilvoorde
Name in real life Robin
Nationality Belgian (EU)
Country  Flanders
Time zone UTC+1 / UTC+2
Ethnicity Flemish
Eyes Brown
Handedness Left-handed
Blood type A
Family and friends
Siblings 1 sister
Education and employment
Occupation Student, Procrastination
University Ghent University
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Religion None ("culturally" Catholic, see religion in Belgium)
Politics Very interested in, but difficult to put a single term on... (generally liberal with social, green and conservative aspects)
nl-BE Deze gebruiker heeft het Nederlands/Vlaams (tussentaal) als moedertaal.
en-3 This user can contribute with an advanced level of the English language.
fr-2 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau intermédiaire en français.
de-1 Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
af-1 Hierdie gebruiker het 'n basiese begrip van Afrikaans.
... This user would like to be able to speak more languages.
Search user languages

Hello! I'm Robin. I am or have been active on other wikis as well: on Meta and Wikimedia Incubator to help with the creation of new wikis, on Wikidata, the Dutch Wikipedia, the English Wiktionary, ... See Meta for my central user page.

Some of my interests:

  • Languages (especially minority/endangered languages) and linguistics.
  • European Union; states/countries and their structure (political structure, infrastructure, ...)
  • Energy problem, renewable energy, global warming, ...
  • Internet, software (PHP, web apps), ...
  • LGBT rights

It usually changes from time to time on which wiki(s) and on what topics I am mostly active.

Below is mostly uninteresting random stuff that I once put here.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[edit]

Found thanks to [1]

The sum of all knowledge? That includes things like:


Writing systems
This user has a native-like understanding of the Latin script.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the Greek alphabet.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the Cyrillic script.
This user has a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Incubator Bureaucrat.svg This user is a bureaucrat on Wikimedia Incubator. (verify)
Incubator-logo.svg This user has a page on Wikimedia Incubator.
Userbox love.svg This user loves userboxes.
Flag of Europe.svg This user is a member of
European Union
Flag of Belgium.svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Belgium.
Small Flag of the United Nations ZP.svg This user supports the United Nations.
Flag of Flanders.svg This user is from Flanders.
Small Flag of the United Nations ZP.svg This user supports the independence of any nation that wants it.
Kaartnlvl.png This user does NOT support the unification of Flanders and the Netherlands.
VlaamseStrijdvlag.svg This user supports Flemish independence.
European stars.svg This user supports the European Union.
Flag of Europe.svg This user wants Brussels as the only seat of Parliament. Coat of Arms of Brussels.svg
Google 2015 logo.svg This user uses Google as a primary search engine.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg This user loves using Google Earth.
Firefox Logo, 2017.svg This user contributes using Firefox.
php This user is a fluent PHP user.
<html> This user can write HTML.
W3C This user believes in compliance with W3C standards.
Gay flag.svg This user supports the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Pisces.svg This user is a Pisces.
Peperoni pizza.jpg This user loves pizza.
PPlaquecloseup crop.png This user enjoys contributing to Wikipedia without wearing clothes.
Global warming ubx.svg This user wants to stop
global warming
Earthshine 2005-09-01.jpg This user is nocturnal. Square-townsend-fledermaus.jpg
Non aux religions.png This user believes the world would be a happier, safer and saner place without religion.
FSM Logo white.svg This user is aware of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Y This user is a member of
Generation Y.

Useful, interesting or nice pages[edit]



Let's just get rid of this.

Visited countries[edit]

Lived in:

Visited countries: (places where I've actually set foot in; not just in an airport or driving through)

Airports I've been to: (that included any actual flight departure and/or arrival)

  1. Belgium Brussels Airport (BRU) multiple times
  2. United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport (LHR) multiple times
  3. Germany Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) multiple times
  4. Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) in 2006
  5. France Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF) in 2006
  6. Sweden Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) in 2009 and 2010
  7. Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in 2011
  8. Israel Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in 2011
  9. United States John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in 2012
  10. United States Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in 2012
  11. India Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in 2012
  12. France/Switzerland EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg in 2014
  13. Germany Hannover Airport (HAJ) in 2015
  14. United States Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2015
  15. United States San Diego International Airport (SAN) in 2015
  16. United States Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in 2015
  17. United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in 2015
  18. Mexico Mexico City International Airport (MEX) in 2015
  19. United States O'Hare International Airport (ORD) in 2015
  20. United States San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in 2015
  21. Italy Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) in 2016
  22. Belgium Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) in 2017
  23. France Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) in 2017
  24. Germany Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) in 2017
  25. Republic of Ireland Dublin Airport (DUB) in 2017
  26. Canada Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2017
  27. Canada Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in 2017
  28. Iceland Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in 2017
  29. Germany Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) in 2017

Visited parliaments:

Only seen from outside:

Links about languages[edit]

Renewable energy[edit]

Interesting to compare :-) See also list of renewable energy topics by country and Special:PrefixIndex/Renewable energy in.

country percentage (year) population density comments
Iceland 71,3% (2005) + 300.000 3,1/km² The remainder of its energy needs are produced from imported oil & coal. Icelandic New Energy was established to govern the project of transitioning it into the first hydrogen society by 2050.
Germany 14,2% (2007) + 82.000.000 230/km² Doubled in ± 5 years. Germany's renewable energy sector among most innovative and successful worldwide.
Finland 24,7% (2007) + 5.000.000 16/km² Mainly by wood industry.
Spain 19,9% (2006) + 45.000.000 90/km² Northern Spain more than half is renewable (up to 70,8%), Southern and Central Spain less. Madrid just 1.6%. Solar panels compulsory for new buildings.
Scotland 4% (2007) + 5.000.000 65/km² Renewables contribute 19% of total electrical production, but about 4% of all energy usage. Only 20% of energy was consumed in the form of electricity by end users, the great majority of energy utilised being from the burning of oil (41%) and gas (36%).
Portugal 23,8% (2004) + 10.000.000 114/km² Decline (but unstable, could be increasing again).
United States 6% (?) + 305.000.000 31/km² 13% in California as leading state.


Overview of the historical rule over the area where I live; more or less:


Situation of Flanders[edit]

From my point of view, we are "threatened" (linguistically) from the north and the south.

  • Language is what people speak, not what people "should" speak. Our official "Standard Dutch" language is just standardised Hollandic. We speak Flemish in Flanders, not Hollandic. Either classify it as a separate language, or recognise the differences and make it a variant of the Dutch standard.
  • The frenchification has to stop.

Flemish in linguistics[edit]

  • Flemish (historical): spoken in the County of Flanders.
  • Flemish (modern): the language(s) and dialect(s) spoken in the Flemish Region. There are various dialects of this lect, but it's unifying (in a natural way, not forced), called tussentaal.
  • Brabantian: the dialect of Flemish (linguists prefer "dialect of Dutch") which has the most influence to tussentaal.
  • Belgian Dutch: the official standard of Dutch as used in Belgium/Flanders (not spoken by largely anyone).