Belgium dating culture
The national anthem, the Brabançonne , is not taught in schools and not widely known.
The original song, written during the revolution of 1830, exalted the revolt against the "arbitrary" power of the Dutch king.
The lion has been the symbol of the counts of Flanders since the Crusades, and became the symbol of Flemish emancipation since independence.
There are many recent immigrants from other countries in the European Union as well as many expatriates working in or around European Union institutions and NATO headquarters.