Brussels (French: Bruxelles, pronoonced [bʁysɛl] ( listen); Dutch: Brussel, pronoonced [ˈbrʏsəl] ( listen)), offeecially the Brussels Region or Brussels-Caipital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest?), is the de facto caipital ceety o the European Union (EU) an the lairgest urban aurie in Belgium. It comprises 19 municipalities, includin the Ceety o Brussels proper, which is the constitutional caipital o Belgium, the seat o the French Community o Belgium an o the Flemish Community.
Syne the end o the Seicont Warld War, Brussels haes been a main centre for internaitional politics. Hostin principal EU institutions as well as the heidquarters o the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the ceety haes become the polyglot hame o numerous internaitional organisations, politeecians, diplomats an ceevil servants.
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- Main airticle: Leet o municipalities o the Brussels-Caipital Region
The 19 municipalities (communes) o the Brussels-Caipital Region are poleetical subdiveesions wi individual responsibilities for the handlin o local level duties, such as law enforcement an the upkeep o schuils an roads athin its borders. Municipal admieenistration is an aa conductit bi a mayor, a cooncil, an an executive.
In 1831, Belgium wis dividit intae 2,739 municipalities, includin the 19 in the Brussels-Caipital Region. Unlike maist o the municipalities in Belgium, the anes locatit in the Brussels-Caipital Region wur no merged wi ithers durin mergers occurrin in 1964, 1970, an 1975. Housomeivver, several municipalities ootside o the Brussels-Caipital Region hae been merged wi the Ceety o Brussels throughoot its history includin Laeken, Haren, an Neder-Over-Heembeek, which wur merged intae the Ceety o Brussels in 1921.
Internaitional relations 
Twin touns – Sister ceeties 
Brussels is twinned wi the follaein ceeties:
- The Belgian Constitution (English version) (PDF). Belgian House of Representatives (January 2009). Retrieved on 5 Juin 2009. . “Article 3: Belgium comprises three Regions: the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region an the Brussels Region. Article 4: Belgium comprises fower linguistic regions: the Dutch-speakin region, the French speakin region, the bilingual region o Brussels-Caipital an the German-speakin region.”
- Brussels-Capital Region: Creation. Centre d'Informatique pour la Région Bruxelloise (Brussels Regional Informatics Center) (2009). Retrieved on 5 Juin 2009. . “Since 18 June 1989, the date o the first regional elections, the Brussels-Caipital Region haes been an autonomous region comparable tae the Flemish an Walloon Regions.” (Aw text an aw but ane graphic show the Inglis name as Brussels-Caipital Region.)
- It is the de facto ceety as it hosts aw major political institutions—though Parliament formally votes in Strasbourg, maist poleetical wirk is carried oot in Brussels—an as such is considered the caipital bi definition. Housomeivver, it shoud be notit that it is no formally declared in that leid, though its position is spelled oot in the Treaty o Amsterdam. See the section dedicatit tae this issue.
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