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  1. Belgium - Wikipedia

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    Belgium is also a founding member of the Eurozone, NATO, OECD, and WTO, and a part of the trilateral Benelux Union and the Schengen Area. Brussels hosts the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium is a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy.

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  2. History of Belgium - Wikipedia

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    Belgium was neutral but its strategic location as a pathway to France made it an invasion target for Germany in 1914 and 1940. Conditions under the occupation were severe. In the postwar period Belgium was a leader in European unification, as a founding member of what has become the European Union.

  3. Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal state in Western Europe. Belgium has an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi). Around 11 million people live in Belgium. It is a founding member of the European Union and is home to its headquarters.

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  5. Languages of Belgium - Wikipedia

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    The Kingdom of Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. A number of non-official, minority languages and dialects are spoken as well.

    The Belgian Constitution guarantees, since the country's independence, freedom of language in the private sphere. Article 30 specifies that "the use of languages spoken in Belgium is optional; only the law can rule on this matter, and only for acts of the public authorities and f

    Dutch is the most spoken primary language of Belgium and the official language of the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region. Along with French, it is an official language of the Brussels-Capital Region. The main Dutch dialects spoken in Belgium are Brabantian, West Flemish, Ea

    The second-most spoken primary language, used natively by approximately one third of the population, is French. It is the official language of the French Community, the dominant language in Wallonia, as well as the Brussels-Capital Region. Almost all of the inhabitants of the Cap

    In national politics, politicians can freely choose to speak in any of the three official languages. In turn, the Belgian parliament provides simultaneous interpretation for those who require it to assist in communication. Education is provided by the Communities, Dutch in the Flemish Community, French in the French Community, German in the German-speaking community. Instruction in other languages is prohibited in government-funded schools except for foreign language subjects. However, the Engli

    In 2006, the Université catholique de Louvain, the country's largest French-speaking university, published a report with the introduction: This issue regarding economies is devoted to the demand for knowledge of languages in Belgium and in its three regions. The surveys show that Flanders is clearly more multilingual, which is without doubt a well-known fact, but the difference is considerable: whereas 59% and 53% of the Flemings know French or English respectively, only 19% and 17% of the ...

    In addition to the three official languages, others are spoken in Belgium, for instance in Wallonia, where French became dominant only relatively recently. Sometimes seen as dialects, the varieties related to French have been recognized by the French Community as separate languages since 1990. But there have been no significant measures to support usage of those varieties.

  6. Brussels - Wikipedia

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    Brussels lies in the north-central part of Belgium, about 110 kilometres (68 miles) from the Belgian coast and about 180 km (110 mi) from Belgium's southern tip. It is located in the heartland of the Brabantian Plateau, about 45 km (28 mi) south of Antwerp ( Flanders ), and 50 km (31 mi) north of Charleroi ( Wallonia ).

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  7. Belgian colonial empire - Wikipedia

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    Belgium controlled two colonies during its history, the Belgian Congo (modern DRC) from 1908 to 1960, and Ruanda-Urundi (Rwanda and Burundi) from 1922 to 1962. It also had a small concession in China, and was a co-administrator of the Tangier International Zone in Morocco.

  8. Belgium – Wikipédia

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    Belgium Németországgal 167 km, Franciaországgal 620 km hosszan, Luxemburggal 148 és Hollandiával 450 km hosszan határos. Domborzata. Belgium teljes területe 33 990 km², ebből szárazföld 30 528 km², vízfolyások és tavak területe kb. 250 km², illetve a tengerparti terület 3462 km².

  9. Albert II of Belgium - Wikipedia

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    During World War II, on 10 May 1940, at the time when Belgium was being invaded, Prince Albert, his elder sister Princess Joséphine-Charlotte and his elder brother Prince Baudouin, left the country for France and later Spain. The Prince and the Princess returned to Belgium on 2 August 1940.

  10. Antwerp - Wikipedia

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    Antwerp (/ ˈ æ n t w ɜːr p / (); Dutch: Antwerpen [ˈɑntʋɛrpə(n)] (); French: Anvers ()) is a city in Belgium and the capital of Antwerp province in the Flemish Region.With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city proper in Belgium, and with a metropolitan population of around 1,200,000 people, it is the second-largest metropolitan region after Brussels.

  11. Bruges - Wikipedia

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    Bruges (/ b r uː ʒ / BROOZH, French: (); Dutch: Brugge (); German: Brügge [ˈbʁʏɡə]) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the seventh largest city of the country by population.