Brussels, city in transition

IMG_9283Brussels, until recently the flaking and run-down Belgian capital, became a small metropolis over the past 20 years. The demographics changed so radically here that according to recent research only 32.1% of the Brussels population still has (deep) Belgian roots, amongst 170 other nationalities. All in all, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, Brussels is a ‘small world city’, where the birth rate of 10.06 births/1.000 inhabitants (2011) lies above the national average. It’s a hopeful sign for the capital of ageing Europe.

Over the next 10 years the city expects to receive another 150,000 extra people while the Belgo-Belgians are expected to dwindle further to only 15% by 2020.

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