If Brussels is the capital of the European Union, Etterbeek would be the heart and soul of the EU capital. The commune located in the center of the Brussels-Capital Region is home to many EU offices and their employees. Compared to Brussels’ 18 other communes, Etterbeek boasts the largest share of residents coming from all over Europe. It is practically an EU town.

Etterbeek is one of the communes with a strong presence of non-Belgians. Among its more than 21,000 foreign inhabitants, majority or 78 percent are nationals belonging to the 27 EU member states aside from Belgium. Considering the ratio, EU citizens are much more represented in Etterbeek than in any other commune in Brussels. The French are the highest in number, followed by the Polish, the Italians, and the Spaniards. [read more]