vandalism taalstrijd. Как вы яхту назовёте, так она и поплывёт.
Dutch is loosing to English as the second most used language in Brussels region
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.
Yet another f-up, KBO-BCE is unavailable for two days already
Belgium is last in the "Right to Information Rating"
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.
Doing Business 2013: same lies on Belgium as in 2011
This page on Employing workers has at least 3 errors that can be easily spotted by anyone having worked in Belgium for a while. How cute. And it did not change from 2011, when I first spotted the inaccuracies.
I am a Mobile Viking now
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.
Liars, big liars and risk managers
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.
Lies, damn lies and the World Bank
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.
Tell me, Sodexo, tell me, Accor, where those unused 7 mln € go each year?
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
And what if Fedis is right and 5% of luncheon vouchers get unused? Then, Sodexo and Accor would make a whopping 100 mln per year out of the holes in our pockets!