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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. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 10.7 million. 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 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, causing it to be dubbed "the cockpit of Europe"—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.

   
 
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New Year in Belgium - Brussels
New Year in Belgium The New Year in Belgium has its own color and charm which reminds of the colonial essence and the rich culture of the Dutch capital. Belgium with its fine arts and architecture provides the right passion and sheer enthusiasm to the New Year celebration. The New Year in Belgium is celebrated on 1st January and is the time for greeting for the year ahead. It is also the time for bidding goodbye to the year passing by. New Year in Belgium has the name of Saint Sylvester Vooravond eve which symbolizes it. The fundamental part of the New Year is the merrymaking with grandeur. The time is laced with the vivacity as well as charm. People celebrate New Year in Belgium with sumptuous food, and classy wines. There are smell...

Wildlife in Belgium - Het Zwin
Wildlife in Belgium Wildlife in Belgium is fascinating. Belgium has many wildlife reserves where one can find an excellent collection of flora, birds and insects. The Blokkerdijk Nature Reserve and Kalmthoutse Heide have reed fringed lakes. Her one can see Pochard, Gad wall and the Northern Shoveler types of ducks which are bred here and one can also see the Blue throats emerging from the vegetation and waddle along the mud like the garden Robins. There are pine woods, moorland, fens as well as fens and dunes in Wildlife in Belgium. All these make an interesting natural history destination for the wildlife buffs. In the heartlands one can see Nightjars, woodlarks as well as lekking Black Grouse. One can also see Honey Buzzards flying...

Restaurants and Bars in Belgium - Brussels
Restaurants and Bars in Belgium Restaurants and Bars in Belgium are widely frequented by the travelers coming to the city in search of great culinary delights. Belgium is an amazing destination that is marked by soaring mountains, plateaus and coastal plains. Large number of travelers from all across the globe throngs this destination to savor the natural beauty, charm and magical splendor of the place. There are several shopping stops and entertainment venues in this country. The Restaurants and Bars in Belgium caters both authentic regional as well as international delicacies. The restaurants in Belgium cater sumptuous and delectable delicacies. This country is the home to number of restaurants that caters to the individual tastes of the g...

Things to Do When You Travel to Belgium - Brussels
Things to Do When You Travel to Belgium When you are planning a vacation to Belgium it is best to cover all bases before you get there. This includes planning out which sites and events you would like to experience while you are there. Belgium is the perfect destination for travel because it offers a little something for everyone including the most amazing sights, shopping, and of course the delicious Belgian chocolates that we all know and love. It is hard to find a woman who doesn't love to shop, and in Belgium there are plenty of places to get your retail fix. Brussels, Belgium offers everything from the classy designer stores on avenue Louise to the different funky fashion boutiques that are on rue Antoine Dansaert. Visiting Belgium always includ...

Culture of Belgium - Brussels
Culture of Belgium The Culture of Belgium is varied and rich. Belgium Culture is actually depends on two aspects of cultural life. Sometimes, Culture of Belgium is portrayed as an essential part of European culture or Western culture, however all the chief communities make their individual and combined cultural choices from their own community. The Culture of Belgium is depicted in all aspects such as music, art, architecture and several other parts. The Museums are the best places for getting an idea about the about the Culture of Belgium. Some of the most important museums are The Royal Museum for Fine Arts has a commendable selection of works by the Groeninge museum in Bruges and Peter Paul Rubens including the Flemish Primitives...