Belgium

Belgium is a Country in Western Europe, located to the North East of France and also shares borders with Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg apart from France. The country consists of two major ethnicities, The French speaking who constitute 40% of the Population and the Dutch speaking Flemish people who make up 60% of the population. There is a very small percentage a German speaking minority near the German border. Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, but also a capital of the European Union. Belgium was one of the founding members of the European Union.

The Word Belgium originates from the Romans. The great Julius Caesar himself refers to the people of this area as Belgae and the area itself as Gallia Belgica in his memoirs. Present day Belgium came into being as a country in 1830 following the Belgian Revolution when it separated from the Netherlands. French and Dutch are the two most commonly spoken languages in the country, although German is also recognised as an official language. Belgium along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg form an organisation called Benelux. Belgium was part of the industrial revolution and is today one of the most developed countries in the world with a high standard of living and quality of life.

Apart from Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi and Leige are some other major cities in Belgium. The World famous French fries actually originate in Belgium. Belgium is renowned for its production of chocolates, especially dark chocolates from Belgium are known to be the best. Belgium as a country might be relatively very small just like Netherlands, however similar to its neighbours it also offers many unique things to the world thus having its own space of importance in the World an especially in Europe.

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