vandalism taalstrijd. Как вы яхту назовёте, так она и поплывёт.
I came across some interesting stats while advertising on Facebook. People living in Brussels Capital +20km use the following three languages:
French 780 000 Dutch 240 000 English 240 000
Looks like Dutch is being phased out by English.
Did you know that Belgium holds the honourable first place among the last 10 countries in the Global Right to Information Rating?
Now, you do.
My first request for number porting from the Proximus mobile business acount of my former employer to Mobile Vikings dates from 6th of June. A few dozen emails, several phone calls and one complaint to the Telecom Mediator later, I had my phone number ported to MobileVikings today, July 29.
This is how the Belgian public credit risk insurance body evaluates risks in select world countries. The country that has the world record of being without the government is rated best, the other, buried down in a full-fledged civil war, is just marginally worse, and the most stable political regime on earth is very risky.
The recent Doing Business '2011 report states on page 98 that Belgium has no limit on the maximum length of fixed-term contracts. AFAIK, this is wrong. The maximum length of fixed-term contracts is 2 years (exceptionally, 3 years). In some sectors, this is down to 6 months. My knowledge dates from 2007, but I bet nothing changed since then.
Here's a prooflink from 2006.
Even Metro can be source of insightful information. Look, 1.4 mln belgians get luncheon vouchers, 0.35% of luncheon vouchers stay unused, so how much do the distribution companies pocket each year on these unused luncheon vouchers?
1.4 mln people * 6€ *22 days *11 months * 0.35% = 7 114 800 € per year