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OFF-TOPIC What is good and bad about your country?

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Poland / Belgium
I live in Belgium. It has about 11M inhabitants. Brussels is the capital. Official languages are Dutch (in the north), French (south) and German (east).


What's good about Belgium:
  • Central in Europe, easy to travel everywhere by plane (multiple airports), car (big network of highways), train, boat (some large harbors in Belgium).
  • Nice culture: a lot of history, art, architecture... to be found.

  • Good food: influenced by French cuisine but with own character.
  • Most people living here speak multiple languages (3 or 4 is normal, mostly Dutch, French, English, German).
  • Good infrastructure, economics are fine, living costs are not too high.
What's bad about Belgium:
  • Not a lot of nature, especially in the north (where I live).
  • A lobby of large labor unions still think we live in the 1800's and hostage the entire economy.
  • Some cities like Brussels and Charleroi were terribly governed and are now places you want to avoid.
  • Very high state debt (currently about 103% of GDP), almost no natural resources at all.
  • Not entrepreneur-friendly and therefore not a lot of big companies here. AB-Inbev is probably the only Belgian big shot.

What are the perks and flaws of your country?

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This cold be quite educational. I would be very interested in what people have to say about their own countries, especially the smaller countries.

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population 327 million
multiple languages with English and Spanish being the top 2

The Good:
Diverse geography and the means to travel and see it all
Diverse population results in different points of view with potential to solve a myriad of world problems
Opportunity to communicate and learn with other cultures
Largest economy of the world
We can get fresh fruit and veggies all year long

The Bad:
It seems like the population is always angry or in fear of something, hard to be rational from that locus of control
There is more but it encroaches on politics

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