Contents of
Culture Briefing: Belgium

Fast Facts


Customs and Ways
Do's and Don'ts
Conducting Business
Class Distinctions

The Role of Women
Health and Welfare
Food and Dining







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• A “Fast Facts” box provides quick reference to the names of Belgium's
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