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Population at Belgian coast ageing fast

By 2030, more than half of the residents of Belgium’s coastal municipalities will be older than 56, more than 8% more than at present, according to research commissioned by the Province of West Flanders. Nearly 43% of the coastal population is 56 years or older, and more than a quarter of them are...

Belgium’s first 3D service window coming to Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, just outside the Brussels-Capital region, in December will become the first municipality in Belgium to get a 3D service window to serve as a remote police station. Residents in the Sint-Pieters-Leeuw village of Zuun will be able to talk to a real police agent via a 3D screen...

Reading list: 6 Belgium-based authors you need to read

Sandwiched between the grand and prolific literary traditions of France, Germany and the UK, Belgium’s own substantial literary contributions often get dwarfed. With so much coming out of the other countries, little of Belgium’s literature gets widely translated or marketed on the international...

Test-Achats files first-ever class action suit against SNCB

More than 20,000 people have signed up to join a class-action lawsuit brought by Belgium’s consumer organisation Test-Achats against the rail authority SNCB. The action is the first of its kind in the country since the law was changed last year to allow class-action suits. Test-Achats’s suit...

500 people spent the night at Brussels Airport

An estimated 500 people spent last night at Brussels Airport, reports brusselnieuws.be. The travellers became stranded after yesterday’s power failure at air traffic controller Belgocontrol. The blackout, which was caused by an overload to the network during a test of the emergency generators, is...

Plans for Islamic primary school in Mechelen

A non-profit organisation in Mechelen has started a collection to establish a primary school for Muslim children. It would be the fourth such school in Belgium and would welcome both Muslim and non-Muslim students, reported Gazet van Antwerpen . According to the paper, about 12,000 Muslims live in...

85th Tour of Belgium kicks off today in Bornem

The professional cyclists depart from Bornem, Antwerp province, today for the start of the 85th edition of the Baloise Belgium Tour. The stage race begins with a prologue for the first time since 2011, a route of 6.85 km with six turns through the streets of Bornem. Belgian cyclist Olivier Pardini...

Jommeke gets own comic strip mural in Brussels

After Suske and Wiske, Nero, Spirou and Tintin, Jommeke now has its own wall in Brussels. The mural is illustrated by Sarina Ahmad, the granddaughter of Jommeke creator Jef Nys, De Morgen reports. There are currently 50 comic strip murals in and around Brussels, but this is the first one dedicated...
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FFAct offers up the lighter side of theatre

Brussels´ French- and Dutch-language theatre companies, KVS and Théâtre National this week announced a joint programme for 2015-2016. Add to that a healthy crop of independent venues across the city, and there´s choice a-plenty for the most avid theatre-goer. In French. And, to a lesser extent,...

Skype being sued in Belgium for refusal to tap calls

Telecom giant Skype has denied access to suspects’ calls in a Belgian police investigation, and is therefore being brought to court next month, reports De Standaard on Tuesday. Skype, owned by Microsoft, refused to tap calls for the purpose of an investigation into suspected criminals of Armenian...

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