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The amount may be relatively small, but even such a symbolic concession could help ease the pressure on the royal family, which increased when it became clear the Belgian constitution forces the government to pay out the inflation adjustment under any circumstance.

Scandinavia appears to be the exception to the royal austerity measures.

Norway — one of the richest countries in Europe — has not cut its royal budget, nor have neighbors Denmark and Sweden. The countries of Scandinavia have largely dodged Europe’s debt crisis. Their budgets are in order because they did not spend beyond their means, as countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal did.