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Celine: Many of our friends are mixed nationality couples — this has helped us build close friendships and learn about other cultures. The cosmopolitan nature of Brussels allows us to find elements from our own cultures but is also a compromise workwise. Laurence: Adam lived in France from the age of six, then in Belgium from So the difficulties came from my side, with no English at all in my family, which stops conversations from taking off.

But our nationalities work very well together. Brussels is our home now and I struggle to think of another place we would enjoy as much. Adam: We were the forerunners of internet dating. After a month we decided to meet in person. It was the day after Boxing Day, in Brussels. Jess: We met through friends two years ago and started going out six months later. I would love to live somewhere else, but for now Brussels works and I find living in Brussels very easy.

I would definitely like to see what other opportunities are out there. Andrea: The biggest challenge was probably how to raise our children. I find it important for my kids to be very open-minded and tolerant. Another difference is religion. I am an atheist while my husband is a Muslim. Early on we agreed not to influence our children, but instead let them explore and choose. Abbey: What are the positives of a mixed relationship?

To know the culture of your wife, see a different country, meet different people. Our nationalities work well together — I see a lot of similarities in the attitude, food, traditions. Culturally there are differences.

We live in Ghent and we find it a peaceful and tolerant place. Natalie: I think after a few years you stop using your nations as a reference point as they become unnecessary and unhelpful — mostly just to do with which sauce should go with which pasta. Italians are quite sensitive about that! We might live somewhere else for a while but will probably always come back here. Valeria: To continue the food theme, it took me a while to figure out how I like my eggs in the morning, which apparently is a very important thing to know in a British household!

Of course, certain stereotypes are true to a certain extent: we Italians are louder; our family gatherings are bigger and last much longer, and we think that no food beats ours. Brussels is home for us. Natalie just became Belgian! Hans: We met in Brussels the day Princess Diana died, through a mutual friend.

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I went to help Inka and her sister move but arrived too late. So we went to McDonalds to get food for the people who actually helped! I quickly embraced both the Finnish sauna and drinking culture. Drinking beers in the nude with family and friends is totally normal now. After we bought our first home, the second thing we bought was a sauna.

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Wouter: We met in Manchester in when we were both Erasmus students. We had lo of good times and enough anecdotes to last us a lifetime. The big advantage of this sort of relationship is the broadening of your horizon and the need to communicate in a different language. The downside? Trying to watch a French political discussion at the dinner table was only possible by imagining it as a film noir and making up the plot myself.

This also explains the liveliness of a French party compared to a Dutch one! Dominique: One of the difficulties remains the language: although I can speak some Dutch and Wouter speaks good French, we communicate in English but miss the subtleties of the language. And Wouter has made a lot of efforts to integrate with my family and friends and spend holidays in places that are a bit too hot for his Dutch blood! Katariina: We met in Lisbon, and before coming to Belgium, Portugal was the coldest country Dan had lived in.

The first time he saw snow was kind of cute because he was so amazed by things that were very normal to me, like how it can be cold and sunny at the same time! Daniel: Experiencing things differently can also be a disadvantage. The main problem is that most of my friends are Latinos and even if they start out speaking English with Kata, after a few beers everyone goes back to speaking Spanish!

Our conflicts never come down to culture but ultimately individual things, depending on our worldviews based on different experiences or upbringing. We have no plans to move out of Ghent yet. I love this city, after so many years here. Religion could be an issue, if the two of you practise different religions. The platform for Belgium's international community. Search form Search. Flemish Brabant. The Bulletin radio. Related articles. All you need is love: Expat couples share their stories.

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Celine: Head of European office of Care International, from France Solos: Project advisor in the EU institutions, from Cyprus Together 19 years Celine: Many of our friends are mixed nationality couples — this has helped us build close friendships and learn about other cultures. Jess: Lobbyist, from Ireland Karel: Systems and process manager, from Canada with Dutch parents Together 18 months Jess: We met through friends two years ago and started going out six months later.

Andrea: Business operations manager at Cisco, from Hungary Abbey: Works at food company Culinor, from Nigeria Together 10 years Andrea: The biggest challenge was probably how to raise our children. Natalie: Freelance photographer, British and now with Belgian citizenship Valeria: EU official, from Italy Together 5 years Natalie: I think after a few years you stop using your nations as a reference point as they become unnecessary and unhelpful — mostly just to do with which sauce should go with which pasta.

Katariina: Teacher and writer, from Finland Daniel: Theoretical particle physicist, from Mexico Together 2 years Katariina: We met in Lisbon, and before coming to Belgium, Portugal was the coldest country Dan had lived in. This article first appeared in The Bulletin autumn to comment Before you can comment you first need to register or. This site uses cookies. OK More information. Subscribe to our newsletter s. Leave this field blank.

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