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Kingdom of Belgium


National anthem of Belgium

The Brabançonne

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Basic information on Belgium

Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country 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.
Location Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
Population 10,392,226 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Belgian(s) adjective: Belgian
Flag description three equal vertical bands of black (hoist side), yellow, and red note: the design was based on the flag of France