European organization for emergency services so decided to advertise a single number.
The Belgians have dressed the figure of Manneken Pis in the red suit with the number 112 on his chest to promote the European emergency number.
112 is the single number for all emergency services, which can be reached both from landline and mobile phones. According to the European Commission, last year this number have used 140 million Europeans.
The tradition of dressing up the Manneken Pis in different costumes appeared in the XVIII century, and is engaged in this public organization “Friends of Manneken Pis”.
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Belgium (Kingdom of Belgium) is a country in Western Europe.
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The Capital – Brussels
Biggest cities: Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liege, Charleroi, Bruges
Form of government – a Federal government that is constitutional monarchy
The area is 30,528 km 2 (139th in the world)
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