What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Huge and nobody really hangs out. With so much traveling to do everyone is always off on a trip somewhere. - Feb 2019


As you can imagine, the expat community is very large here. Morale is pretty much the same as it is in any large European city. That is, it is what you make it. There is literally no end of things to do, excursions to make, sights to see. Paris is an hour and 20 minutes by high-speed train. Amsterdam and London about two hours. Bonn is a two-and-a-half hour drive. Luxembourg is next door. In Belgium itself there are Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Liege, Dinant, Durbuy, monasteries and abbeys, many of them breweries, castles, etc. Furthermore, Brussels has oodles of events all year long. It is almost impossible to be bored. - Feb 2019


The expat community is huge (especially with the E.U. and NATO here, as well). Morale? It's fine. Not great, but OK. I think that often expectations of Brussels are too high. There really are some frustrating elements of living in Belgium that people don't expect. It's surprising how many people say "Oh, my God! You too?" when you complain about living here (poor customer service everywhere, less-than-driven local colleagues, laziness and entitlement, etc.). There isn't much to hate, but it's hard to love even if you really want to. - May 2018


Brussels is full of expats thanks to the EU. Morale varies a lot--some people love it here and some can't wait to leave. - Jan 2018


It's a large expat community and not cohesive at all. There is so much to do that outside of work people more or less do their own thing. - Feb 2017


Overall, morale seems to be quite high. Some folks at the NATO mission tend to be a bit more stressed, but it is due to the heavy workload and long hours. Brussels is an easy place to live and a good "hub" for traveling around Europe. There are MANY things to do. - Dec 2016


Very large and morale seems to be high for most of the people with whom we associate. There are some who complain about everything but I think they bring their own baggage with them. - Aug 2014


The expat community is HUGE. I think morale varies a great deal. For those who need more support, it's hard to find, as everyone is kind of doing their own thing. You have to really go out and be proactive if you want to meet people. But there are quite a few different American clubs and other English speaking clubs if you are inclined to do so. - Jul 2014


This is a tri-Mission (NATO, USEU and the bi-lat) so huge government expat community plus plenty of expats working for U.S. companies and others. - Apr 2014


Very large and and very international. Most people are pretty happy to be here, but the cloudy winters can get you down. - Jan 2014


Large expat community with high morale. - Jan 2014


Large - Oct 2012


Massive! - May 2012


This is a town full of expats given Brussels' position as the EU capital. - Jan 2012


Huge, too big. I sometimes think there are more expats than Belgians in Brussels. - Aug 2011


GI-NORMOUS. Absolutely immense. Larger even, it seems, than Hong Kong. With the Eu Parliament here, all the ancillary agencies and NGOs, the embassies to the EU, and the embassies to Belgium and NATO you are awash in expats. - Jul 2011


HUGE and widely spread out - Jun 2011


HUGE - Jun 2011


Large, very large. This is the capital of Europe, and the Belgians are often more "European" than Belgian. - Jun 2010


HUGE. - Jun 2010


HUGE - over 30,000 diplomats alone. - Mar 2010


One of the largest expat communities in the world. - Jul 2009


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