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It is often said that Belgium has no national identity, only language-based regional or even local identities. The two main languages are Flemish and French. This linguistic divide determines a great deal, from daily interactions to the way the country is run. People on either side of the divide often profess to know nothing of each other’s lives.

The comic strip is often called Belgium’s “ninth art” and have a strong anarchic flavour. You will find few superheroes – rather ordinary folk with ordinary foibles will get caught up in weird and wonderful adventures, exhibiting Belgians’ deep-rooted scepticism towards traditional authority figures.

Culture Smart! is a concise guide to understanding the Belgian people. It will illuminate the complexities of their collective personality. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Belgium authentically.


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