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Belgium on the big screen

Belgium on the big screen

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Get a little closer to understanding Belgian culture through cinema. Here are three top films from Belgium.

Xenophobe's® Guides: Getting inside a Belgian's head

Xenophobe's® Guides: Getting inside a Belgian's head

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What makes the Belgians uniquely Belgian? A frank, irreverent and funny look at what makes the Belgians tick.

Xenophobe's® Guides: The Belgian family unit

Xenophobe's® Guides: The Belgian family unit

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In Belgium, the most efficient matriarchy is cleverly disguised as a patriarchy. Here's a guide to who's boss in the Belgian family structure.

Xenophobe's® Guides: The Belgian diet

Xenophobe's® Guides: The Belgian diet

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Is it French or Flemish? Prepare your taste buds for the buffet that makes up Belgian food.

Xenophobe's® Guides: Belgium's monarchy

Xenophobe's® Guides: Belgium's monarchy

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Take a trip back through Belgium's royal history.

Xenophobe's® Guides: Belgian enthusiasms

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Want to know what gets a Belgian hot under the collar? Here's an idea of what stimulates their passion.

Xenophobe's® Guides: How the Belgians see themselves

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Do you know which traits Belgians think they possess? Here are some hints.

Curious Meredith: Preparing a Belgian Christmas feast

Curious Meredith: Preparing a Belgian Christmas feast

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Explore some of the tastiest traditional Belgian foods and ingredients and learn how to prepare a Christmas full of Belgian cheer.

Goodbye golliwogs, but can I accept Zwarte Piet?

Goodbye golliwogs, but can I accept Zwarte Piet?

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Children survived the loss of golliwog figures, can't the same be said for Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses the controversial – but beloved – black-faced Zwarte Piet.

Who's that with Santa?

Who's that with Santa?

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St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Père Fouettard (Zwarte Piet) are the source of some controversy – who's giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

10 things to learn about Belgium

10 things to learn about Belgium

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Belgium is more than EU institutions and Manneken Pis. Sandy from 'S Marks The Spots' lists 10 things about Belgium to test your knowledge.

How to flirt: a European guide

How to flirt: a European guide

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The French flatter; the Brits are crass. So says a social anthropologist in this review on cross-cultural flirting techniques in Europe.

How to act like a local in Belgium

How to act like a local in Belgium

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How Belgian are you? If you've mastered the 'bof' sound and built up your Belgian beer glass collection, you're on your way to becoming Belgian.

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

Unfold Conflicts: Integrating a new culture

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Is true integration possible? Louise Dancet explains how different cultural habits can leave expats feeling offended, and how to overcome this.

Things you didn't know: How to make friends in Belgium

Things you didn't know: How to make friends in Belgium

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There's no 'I' in team! As an American expat, it took some time for Diana Goodwin to get used to the Flemish group dynamic.

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