|Brussels is the capital of Belgium, of Flanders (consisting of both the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region) and of the French Community of Belgium. Brussels is the capital city, in the centre of Belgium, as well as the largest municipality of the Brussels-Capital Region. This municipality inside Brussels is correctly named The City of Brussels, which is one of the 19 municipalities that make up the Brussels-Capital Region, with a total population of 1,175,173 inhabitants (1 January 2016). The municipality has a population of about 140,000. The Metropolitan area has between the 2,100,000 to more than 2,600,000 inhabitants.|
Brussels is the headquarters of most of the European Union's institutions, the political seat of NATO, the Western European Union (WEU) and Eurocontrol.