Exploring Culture in Belgium Flanders

Belgium is one of the smallest European countries that’s produced some of the finest artists and thinkers. For a small country, it has a lot of beautiful and historical cities, fine food, and a rich culture. Tolerance and diplomacy are key words for Belgium. According to international polls, Belgium is one of the most satisfied countries in the world! Home to the European Union and NATO, Belgian culture has been influenced by the French, Dutch, Austrian, and Spanish, making it a unique combination of cutting edge and traditional cultures.

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Belgian People and Community

Students in Belgium

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.

Belgian Language and Communication Styles

Street in Belgium

People in Belgium Flanders commonly speak French. Many people also speak Flemish or German and are quite proficient in English.


A fresh batch of fries pomme-frîtes or fries

Belgians eat a lot of potatoes and bread. Belgian cuisine consists of fresh, fine food prepared with imagination and style! Flavors are often rather subtle than strong. Belgian cuisine is much more than good chocolate and beer. Belgium is where you can enjoy waffles (wafelen), fries (pomme-frîtes), mussels, and carbonade flamande (beef stew) along with potatoes and bread. Belgians take their time to eat, so even with all these options you’ll have the chance to savor each new flavor. Most families consider eating together very important, especially at dinner.

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