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Practicality makes perfect
Belgians like above all to be practical, solid. They stand square and conduct conversation from the base of the neck. Courteous behaviour is expected: it is the natural product of right-mindedness. It is also practical: that is how you get on in the world.
They are almost naively devoted to being good citizens. Any kind of vandalism, dropping litter, or deliberate anti-social behaviour is greeted with horror and disgust.
We're on the map
The Belgians would be very happy indeed if all the world knew them to be good-natured, tolerant, individualistic, self-assertive, modest, moderate, and the embodiment of European ideals. This is a long-term project. Meanwhile being placed somewhere on the map of Europe will do.
The Belgians like to think of themselves as practical, down-to-earth, dependable. A good Belgian woman knows how to run a household, knows the right temperature for the beer, can cook steak to perfection, shops efficiently at the megastore and holds down a job. Her husband holds down a job, drinks the beer, eats the steak and spends the weekend proudly changing his own oil sump gasket.