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Country Profiles: Belgium

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Factfile

Capital

Brussels

Official languages

Dutch, French, German

Area

Total 30,528 km2

Population

10,666,8662

Currency

Euro

 

Economy

Belgium was one of the founding members of the EU, and has a strong, open economy. Much of its workforce is employed in the service sectors, and key industries include engineering, metal, transportation equipment, textiles, glass and petroleum. It has a high GDP, of approximately $376 billion, and its major trade partners include Germany, UK, US, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

A brief history of Belgium     

The Kingdom of Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters, as well as those of other major international organizations, including NATO.  Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home for two main linguistic groups, the Flemings and the French-speakers, mostly Walloons, plus a small group of German-speakers.

Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north, with 59% of the population, and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia, inhabited by 31%. The Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region and near the Walloon Region, and has 10% of the population.  A small German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia.  Belgium's linguistic diversity and related political and cultural conflicts are reflected in the political history and a complex system of government.

 

The name 'Belgium' is derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic peoples.  Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. From the 16th century until the Belgian revolution in 1830, many battles between European powers were fought in the area of Belgium, a reputation strengthened by both World Wars. Upon its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution,and, at the end of the nineteenth century, possessed several colonies in Africa.  The second half of the 20th century was marked by the rise of communal conflicts between the Flemings and the Francophones fuelled by cultural differences on the one hand and an asymmetrical economic evolution of Flanders and Wallonia on the other hand. These still-active conflicts have caused far-reaching reforms of the unitary Belgian state into a federal state.

 

Culture

Belgium is famous for fine beers, particularly that brewed by the Trappist monks. Only six or seven monasteries in Belgium are able to brew the beer, and it is a national speciality. There are also many dishes that are typical of Belgian cuisine, such as Brussels waffles and Belgian pralines.
 

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