Family life is very important in Belgium Flanders. Family members share almost every meal together. Broadly speaking, contact with neighbors is not as close as it might be imagined, even in the smaller villages. The family’s immediate members and relatives will usually be close to each other. Belgian parents generally support their children financially until the children reach adulthood. Although both parents often work, women are still responsible for most household chores and child-rearing.
Belgians tend to be tolerant, flexible, modest, and open-minded. They value privacy, enjoy a safe and comfortable life, work hard, and are self-disciplined. Belgians tend to be very involved in their communities and government. Working hard (productivity is high), saving for the future (Belgians have the highest savings rates in Europe), then spending what is left with family and friends (Brussels has 4,000 restaurants for roughly 900,000 inhabitants) is the Belgian way of living.
The Belgians are bricoleurs — do-it-yourself handymen. The house is the status symbol for most Belgians, especially the Flemish. Owning a solid, stand-alone house with a double garage and fenced garden is the dream. Building it with the help of relatives and friends, even over a period of years, is a favorite leisure activity. Belgians tend to show their personality through their houses.