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2020 is deadliest year in Belgium since second world war

Some 15,000 more people have died this year in comparison to an average year in Belgium, making it the worst year for mortality since the Second World War. The deadliest months were in April and November, both in the middle of the first and second waves of coronavirus infections. Still, the...
HASSELT, BELGIUM: Illustration picture shows a Viking helmet during a press conference of Mobile Vikings-VikingCo, mobile network operator, in Hasselt (BELGA PHOTO YORICK JANSENS)

Consumer organisation concerned over Mobile Vikings takeover by Proximus

Test Achats/Test Aankoop, the Belgian non-profit consumer protection organisation, is concerned about the proposed acquisition of mobile virtual network operator Mobile Vikings by Belgium’s largest mobile telecommunications company Proximus. The consumer organisation "sees once again the...
Illustration picture shows the Justice Palace and a large ferris wheel, in Brussels city in Brussels region, Wednesday 26 August 2020. (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Green light given for permanent ferris wheel on Place Poelaert

Brussels city council has given the green light for applications to be submitted for the installation of a permanent ferris wheel in Place Poelaert, next to the Justice Palace. A ferris wheel was first located on the site in September 2019 and since then, several testing phases have taken place,...

More than 11,000 sign petition to stop development of Josaphat site

More than 11,000 people have signed a petition against the urban renewal project being discussed for the Josaphat site in Schaerbeek. The Capital-Region wants to develop the currently unused 25 hectares of land into a housing and industrial zone. The Josaphat site, near the park of the same name,...

400 more trains take to rails on SNCB's new schedule

As it does every December, national rail authority SNCB launched its new schedule on Monday, which includes an additional 400 trains. Much of the additional service is concentrated on early and late hours in and around urban areas. Some of the increased services includes an extra Kortrijk-...

Go for green: What more can we do to help Europe be climate neutral by 2050?

If Greta Thunberg’s rise to fame is not enough to convince the sceptics that individuals can make a difference, a look closer to home should help. From fellow school strike leaders Adelaide Charlier and Anuna de Wever to a campaign for free tap water in restaurants, individuals across the country...

Retirement in Belgium: A guide to home care, residential care and alternative living arrangements

Belgium’s long-term care policy, in common with most European countries, is based on allowing older, care-dependent residents to keep on living in their own homes for as long as possible. Adapting your home to changing circumstances and relying on home care facilities allow you to live comfortably...

Fakes and falsehoods go on show at House of European History

The House of European History has reopened after the second coronavirus shutdown with Fake for Real, an exhibition which retraces the history of forgery and falsification in Europe from the Trojan Horse to the deep rabbit holes currently created on the internet. The show is broken into six themes...
Illustration picture shows a tax declaration form (BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE)

Belgian owners of second homes abroad to be taxed more

After the Belgian state was condemned by the European Court of Justice for its taxation policy on the second homes of Belgians abroad in November, the 150,000 Belgians who have a house or apartment in another country could soon face an increased tax bill. In Belgium, real estate is taxed on the...

Family fortunes: A brief history of royalty in Belgium

Listen to this article: For some, kings and queens are relics of a bygone era, yet for Belgium, the royal family has played a vital role not only in guiding national politics but in pulling the country together. This year, King Philippe and his predecessors have been thrust into the spotlight more...

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