Flanders resolutely chose Brussel as the capital of the federal state of Flanders. Historically, Brussel has always been a multilingual city. The Dutchlanguage culture was even prominent for a while. At present, Brussel is a cosmopolitan city in which many nationalities live together. Brussel is also the seat of many international institutions. The buildings of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers characterise the townscape around Schuman Square and the Leopold Park. The headquarters of NATO are also located in Brussel.