The Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians 5th Ed.

Anthony Mason

Publisher: Oval, 2004, 63 pages

ISBN: 1-802825-19-5

Keywords: Culture

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2007, 5:41 p.m.

Xenophobia — an irrational fear of foreigners, probably justified, always understandable.

Xenophobe's® Guides — an irreverent look at the beliefs and foibles of nations, almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

'To a Belgian, common sense is a better friend than original thought. Common sense, hard work, humour and tolerance towards outsiders — within reason — are virtues closest to the heart of the Belgians, and the only area of experience where they are suspended is in dealing with each other. When Flemings talk about Walloons and Walloons talk about Flemings, all that virtue and good sense goes flying out the window.'

Xenophobe's® Motto —

Forewarned is forearmed.

  • Nationalism and Identity
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  • Behaviour
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  • Food and Drink
  • Health
  • Leisure and Pleasure
  • Humour
  • Culture
  • Custom and Tradition
  • Systems
  • Government
  • Business
  • Language


The Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: Dec. 11, 2007, 5:40 p.m.

Ah, very good description of the Belgians. Read it and enjoy, as it is pretty satirical as well. Of course, it helps if you know some Belgians beforehand.


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