Belgian news in brief, 20 February 2006

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Train strike delays commuters

Train strike delays commuters

Train drivers at Charleroi South walked off the job on Monday morning, leading to rail delays between Charleroi-Brussel, Charleroi-Namen and connections on other lines such as those that operate between Brussels and Antwerp. Train drivers are disgruntled by the current lack of staff and met to discuss the situation on Monday afternoon. The strike is expected to widen.

4.2m internet users, 3.6m computers

Belgium had 4.2 million internet users and 3.6 million PCs in 2004, the national statistics office said on Monday. The number of computers in Belgium four times higher than in 1990. There are 35.1 computers per 100 residents, but that is average score when compared with the ratio 76.1 in Sweden. Greece has a ratio of 9:100. Some 40.6 percent of the Belgian population regularly surfs online, compared with Iceland (77 percent) and Sweden (75.5) percent. Greece has a ratio of 17.8.

Eurovision representative chosen

Katrien Verbeeck (alias Kate Ryan) will represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Greece. Her bilingual English-French song is called 'Je t'adore'. The semi-final will be held on 18 May and the final on 20 May. Ryan's website is at

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