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Alcohol consumption on the decline in Belgium

Belgians consume an average of nearly 10 litres of alcohol per person annually, according to a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That is 16% less than 20 years ago, reports De Zondag But while Belgians may be drinking less than they were 20 years ago...

80,000 brave weather for Belgian Pride

More than 80,000 people turned out yesterday under grey skies in Brussels for the 20th edition of the Belgian Pride festival and parade, celebrating the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The annual parade through the city centre began at the Beurs with a message from...

Young Devils reach Under-17 semi-finals

Belgium’s young footballers have reached the semi-final of the European Under-17 Championship. After winning a quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Croatia on Friday, the Jonge Duivels, or Young Devils, face France in tomorrow’s semi-final in the Bulgarian city of Burgas. Victory would take them...

Aalst wants bike highway to Brussels

The city council of Aalst wants a bicycle connection from Aalst to Brussels, along the former railway line via Opwijk and Asse, according to Aalst mobility minister Dylan Casaer. Part of the route is already included in the Bicycle-GEN project, but the municipality wants to see the entire route...

Prepaid credit cards susceptible to hacking

Hackers have stolen money from at least 500 prepaid credit cards in Belgium, report Het Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen . Many victims have lost hundreds of euros, while others do not even know that their credit card has been hacked. Prepaid credit cards are not linked to a current...

5 bikeable day trips from Brussels

The upcoming train strike on 28 May doesn’t mean you’re stuck in Brussels. With this nice weather, instead of booking your Cambio car , perhaps it’s time to hop onto two wheels and discover Brussels’ surroundings at a slower pace. From the capital, there are several charming towns, villages,...

Utah nanny who abused twins to be extradited to Belgium

A nanny from Utah in the western United States is to be extradited to Belgium to face child abuse charges over her alleged assault of infant twins in 2011. Aubrey Alta Anderson, 34, will not contest the extradition order signed by US magistrate Paul Warner Aubrey. The 2011 incident emerged after...

Commission tells Belgium to cut taxes

The European Commission has urged the Belgian government to cut its high taxes, saying they act as a disincentive to investment and job creation. In its economic guidelines for member states, issued on Wednesday, it said that while some progress had been made towards a comprehensive tax reform, the...
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May holidays cost employers €510 million

The concentration of public holidays in May is costing employers a total of €510 million, according to economists. May is unusual in having three public holidays: Labour Day on 1 May, Ascension on 14 May and Pentecost on 25 May. This concentration of three holidays in one month means a loss of...

“Bilingualism is good for the brain,” Ghent researcher concludes

Bilingualism trains the brain and leads to cognitive advantages among children, adults and patients with neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the conclusion of researcher Evy Woumans of Ghent University in her PhD thesis. Two years ago, Woumans selected 54 children with a...

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