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Belgium, a country in Western Europe, is known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and as headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The bilingual capital, Brussels, has ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and elegant art-nouveau buildings.

Languages: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%

Ethnic Groups: Flemish 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%

Demographics:

Population: 10.8 million people (World Rank: 80th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 927 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 38th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.258 %/yr (World Rank: 188th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80.5 years (World Rank: 27th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 41.1 years (World Rank: 12th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Belgium

Map of Belgium
University of Texas Library

Belgium - Wikipedia Entry

Belgium - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Belgium<

Belgium - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Belgium

Culture and Tourism:

Musical Instruments of Belgium
from havecamerawilltravel.com

Recipes from Belgium
from food.com

Tourism Belgium
All about Belgium as a tourism destination

Brussels Film Festival
Eight day European film festival in Belgium

Menin Gate Memorial
War memorial dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in Ypres Salient of WWI

Eat! Brussels
Celebration of the incredible restaurant scene in Belgium

Heritage Days
Belgian festival in Brussels that celebrates the architecture and cultural landscape of the city

Belgium Language Resources:

Study in Belgium

Government Related:

Belgian Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Belgian Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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