The capital of Belgium is Brussels. It is located in the Brussels-Capital Region. Brussels is the largest and most populous city of Belgium, as well as its administrative center. Brussels is also the headquarters of the European Union. The city is located in the Senne River Valley. The city is located in greater Brussels which consists of 19 municipalities. The history of the city dates back to the 11th century. After Belgium gained independence in 1830, the city became the capital. As the capital of Europe, Brussels plays a significant role in international governance and business. It is considered a global and a cultural city.

The population in Brussel's metropolitan area is estimated at 1.2 million. The city experiences a relatively low population growth.

Brussels is a major tourist destination in Europe. Each year millions visit the city to experience its culture and heritage. One of the most visited places in the city is the magnificent Grand Place, the central square of the city. The Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex is a UNESCO site and one of the few museums dedicated to printing. The museum displays the earliest forms of printing and manuscripts known to man. Other tourist destinations include belfries of Belgium and France, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Atomium, a 335-ft tall structure.

Brussels experiences an ocean climate categorized as (Cfb) under the Köppen climate classification. The city’s proximity to the coast means that its climate is highly influenced by air masses from the Atlantic Ocean. There are about 200 rainy days in a year - the second highest of any capital city after Dublin. The city also experiences violent thunderstorms. It snows for about 24 days in a year. The average relative humidity is about 80% while the annual average temperature is 10.54 degrees Celsius.

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