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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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Weather in Belgium - Brussels
Weather in Belgium The Weather in Belgium is similar to Netherlands and has mild winters, cool summers and rainy, humid and cloudy days as well. The Weather in Belgium has considerable variation from day today and also throughout the year. The northern part bordering Netherlands has mild temperature. The central part or Belgium has moderate elevation and has gently rolling countryside. The temperature here is little colder in the winter season and warmer in the summer. During the summer season, the Weather is wetter and there are frequent thunderstorms. The north and the center of Belgium has the most productive agricultural produce. The Weather in Belgium in the winters is wetter in the southern region than north and there is hill ...

Holidays in Belgium - Brussels
Holidays in Belgium Holidays in Belgium are almost the same as other countries. If you are planning to spend your vacation in Belgium then, you will find that the country celebrates every kind of festival in a gala manner. Normally these festivals are celebrated as holidays. You will never be short of Holidays in Belgium, since the country celebrates all kinds of festivals and events all throughout the year. The Holidays in Belgium can be divided into two distinct parts: public holidays and non-official holidays. The holidays usually start from the first day of the year. The native Belgium celebrates the 1sta January as a New Year day. Nouvel An, new-year day in French dialect, is hugely celebrated by both local people and foreign tr...

Sightseeing in Belgium - Brussels
Sightseeing in Belgium Sightseeing in Belgium can take you to some of the most beautiful places. While you take a tour to the Belgium, do consider traveling around the attractive places of Sightseeing in Belgium at your leisure time. Of all the places of Sightseeing in Belgium, the Antwerp is the most popular among the travelers. From the15th century, Antwerp has been known as a significant diamond center. However, this is now the most essential diamond trade center across the globe. Besides, this place also has a prosperous business in uncut and unpolished diamonds. A number of diamond jewelers and plenty of shops have come up in this place. While you go on sightseeing, you can find the diamond district right within the center of the ...