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Mind Your Manners: Managing Business Culture in the New Global Europe by John Mole

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LOW COUNTRIES

 

Belgium

Belgium was created in 1830 from the Catholic provinces of the Low Countries. United in religion, it remains deeply divided culturally, politically, and economically into two communities identified by language. About 5.5 million of the total population of 10 million live in the northern part of the country, Flanders, and speak Flemish, a close relative of Dutch. Wallonia, the southern part, is populated by about 3.5 million French-speaking Walloons. Except for a small German-speaking minority along the German border, the remaining million or so live in Brussels, a predominantly French-speaking enclave in Flanders.

Most Walloons cannot speak Flemish and some hard-line Flemings, although fluent in French, still refuse to ...

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