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Dial prefixes in Belgium - who speaks what language?
Is there a rule of thumb?
pmkpmk




msg:494998
 3:00 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's a bit off-topic - I know - but I don't know any other place to ask. Is there a list with dial prefixes from which I can determine whether a person belongs to Flemish-Belgium, French-Belgium or German-Belgium? Like +32-2 = Felmish, +32-3 = French and +32-3 = German?

 

Rumbas




msg:494999
 4:21 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good question pmkpmk. One which I unfortunatly can't answer.

I'll bump this one to see if it catches somebodys eye ;)

Staffa




msg:495000
 4:48 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used to live there many years ago and if in the meantime there have been no major changes to tel numbers the basics are; the area code is linked to the area's main town. So to know who speaks what you will need to know the town linked to the area code and in what language area that town is located.

RonPK




msg:495001
 10:29 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

What about Brussels? It is a bilingual region, and French-speaking Brusselites probably don't appreciate being addressed in Dutch...

pmkpmk




msg:495002
 7:58 am on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

OK, the whole idea is to use the Asterisk PBX and to use different language versions based on the incoming caller ID. I was told by a Dutch (so maybe somewhat biased) the the "Information & Commerce Elite" in Brussels speaks Flemish since they usually come from the Flemish part anyways. So my initial idea was to use the Flemish prompts for Brussels. But maybe as a tribute to the international role of Brussels I should rather use the English prompts for Brussels.

Frank Altair




msg:495003
 3:58 am on Mar 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi, my first post! ;)

It's not a simple question but this part is quite easily found on wiki:

Dutch speaking : 32 + 1,3,5,9 (and 89)
French speaking : 32 + 4,6,7,8 (without 89)
German speaking :? (it's only a few thousand people)
Brussels : 32 +2 has Dutch subregions and French subregions, but those are not seperated with individual phone numbers.

It's tricky to decide for French or English. Because Dutch speaking people in Brussels also speak French, but prefer Dutch or English. French locals need a French service because they don't speak English very well. Still, everyday's language in Brussels is at least 2/3 french and 1/3 Dutch.

pmkpmk




msg:495004
 8:13 am on Mar 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Many thanks Frank! I actually browsed the English, Dutch and German version of Wikipedia but didn't find the answer. Where did you look?

And welcome to WebmasterWorld!

Frank Altair




msg:495005
 12:28 am on Mar 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks,
[nl.wikipedia.org...]

This gives a list of the zone numbers and their regions.

Rumbas




msg:495006
 11:45 am on Mar 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good stuff Frank :)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld - hope you'll enjoy it here!

fr_cnx




msg:495007
 2:32 pm on Mar 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>But maybe as a tribute to the international role of Brussels I should rather use the English prompts for Brussels.
very true! 1/3 of brussels inhabitants are non Belgian!
>>Brussels is at least 2/3 french and 1/3 Dutch.
Brussels city is at least 4/5 french speaking and 1/5 Dutch speaking! but the rules are: any publication is made in both languages!

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