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[http://visitbrussels.be/ '''Brussels'''] (French: ''Bruxelles'', Dutch: ''Brussel'') is the capital city of [[Belgium]] and of Brussels Capital Region. It is entirely surrounded by Dutch-speaking [[Flanders]] and its constituent [[Flemish Brabant]] province. As headquarters of many European institutions, Brussels might also be considered something of a capital for the [[European Union]]. Being at the crossroads of cultures (the Germanic in the North and the Romance in the South) and playing an important role in [[Europe]], Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal "melting pot", but still retains its own unique character. The population of the city of Brussels is 1 million and the population of Brussels metropolitan area is just over 2 million.