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A metropolitan region 's gross domestic product , or GDP, is one of several measures of the size of its economy. Similar to GDP , GRP is defined as the market value of all final goods and services produced within a metropolitan area in a given period of time.
The governing institutions of the European Union (EU) are not concentrated in a single capital city ; they are instead spread across three cities ( Brussels , Luxembourg , and Strasbourg ) with other EU agencies and bodies based further away. [ 1 ] However, Brussels has become the primary seat, with each major institution and now the European Council being based wholly or in part there. [ 2 ] The seats have been a matter of political dispute since the states first failed to reach an agreement at the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952. However, a final agreement between member states was reached in 1992, and later attached to the Treaty of Amsterdam . [ 3 ]
A map of the Flemish Diamond within Belgium. The Flemish Diamond (in Dutch : Vlaamse Ruit ) is one of the larger European metropolitan regions , situated in the central provinces of Flanders and the capital region of Belgium . [ 1 ] Its corner markers are the agglomerations of Brussels , Ghent , Antwerp and Leuven . [ 2 ] Over five million people live in this conurbation with a population density of more than 800 per square kilometre. [ 3 ]
The Golden Banana The Golden Banana or "sun belt" is a term used by analysts when discussing urbanisation in a European context. It denotes an area of higher population density lying between Valencia in the west and Genoa in the east along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea , defined by the "Europe 2000" report from the European Commission in 1995 to be analogous to the so-called Blue Banana .
The Blue Banana