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A little card is poking through the letterbox. Hurray, I have arrived! Friends announce the birth of their child. At the bottom is a reference to the birth register. A baby shower will soon follow. The most common first names in this country are Emma and Lucas, Mila and Mohammed – no longer Godelieve or Jozef.

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