Belgium Likes Amsterdam So Much, They Pretend it’s Theirs!

What the Halle Berry? Get your hands off our Amsterdam! Some nerve, Belgium!
A recent publication featured a cover photo of Amsterdam ‘representing’ a typical Flemish city – uhuh.
This official government publication is all about the data of Flanders, its demographics, the well being of its citizens, the economy and its culture – and they plastered a photo of the Dutch capital on top of it!

 

Nothing to see here! Move along now!

As it turns out, the publication’s coordinator from the print company said, in an interview with Belgian VTM Nieuws, it was all based on an accident: “We didn’t know it was a photo of Amsterdam, we picked it because the photo is so lively and really represents diversity”.

Well, we’ll give them that much – the Dutch capital officially holds the world record of city with the most nationalities. And lively it is too, sometimes too lively because the tourism is driving downtown inhabitants bonkers, but still…

So far though it doesn’t seem like “Flanders in Numbers” will be re-printed and Amsterdam’s “Runstraat” will continue to feature on the cover as a shining Flemish example of success. Which is too bad, because Antwerp is such a nice place! What a mess, Belgium – we kind of have a crush on you too though, we’re just less creepy about it…

Downtown Antwerp! It’s no Amsterdam, but…

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Bobby Salomons
Bobby Salomons is an Amsterdam-based published author and movie-blogger holding up too many balls to juggle at once. Suffering from Tortured Artist-syndrome he is left with no choice or hope until eventually breaking through.

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