Contents of
Culture Briefing: Belgium

INTRODUCTION
Fast Facts

HISTORY

THE BELGIAN PEOPLE
Customs and Ways
Do's and Don'ts
Conducting Business
Subcultures
Class Distinctions
Language

HOME AND FAMILY
Marriage
The Role of Women
Health and Welfare
Dress
Food and Dining

EDUCATING THE CHILDREN

RELIGIOUS PRACTICES

MAKING A LIVING

PASSING LEISURE TIME
Festivals
Sports

THE ARTS
Literature
Painting

POLITICAL WAYS
Parties

USEFUL INTERNET LINKS
Belgium News Sources





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