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Belgium Introduction

Belgium is a small country in northwestern Europe. Belgium's location has been the country's great fortune and its terrible sorrow. The country borders three major trading nations viz France, the Netherlands, and Germany. It is separated from a fourth one, the United Kingdom, by a narrow strip of the North Sea.

Trade with these nations has helped make Belgium an important centre of commerce and industry. Throughout its history, however, Belgium has been a bloody battleground for the wars of other nations because of its central location.

A Short Background

Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 and was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. It has prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU.

Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.

1UpTravel's Guide to Belgium

Topography of Belgium - Read more about the geography and topography of Belgium

History of Belgium - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Belgium

Life & People of Belgium - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Belgium

Local Cuisine of Belgium - Find out delicious local cuisines of Belgium

Holidays in Belgium - Check out a list of the local holidays in Belgium

Festivals in Belgium - Learn about the festivals in Belgium

Embassies of Belgium - Provides an Embassy database for Belgium

Administration facts of Belgium - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Belgium

Newstands in Belgium - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Belgium

Attractions in Belgium - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Belgium

Maps of Belgium - Discover a detailed map of Belgium

Map Database of Belgium - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Belgium

Flags of Belgium - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Belgium. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Belgium - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Belgium

Shopping in Belgium - Find out the best places for shopping in Belgium

Restaurants in Belgium - Browse a list of eat-outs in Belgium

Geography of Belgium - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Belgium

People of Belgium - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Belgium

Government and Politics in Belgium - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Belgium.

Economy of Belgium - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Belgium

Communications in Belgium - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Belgium

Transportation in Belgium - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Belgium

Military of Belgium - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Belgium

Transnational Issues of Belgium - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Belgium


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