by George Wingfield


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Belgium is located at the heart of one of Europe's most highly industrialized regions. Culturally, the country is divided into three regions-Flanders (home of Dutch speakers, or Flemings); Wallonia (home of French speakers, or Walloons); and Brussels (both language groups). Each region has a great deaf of autonomy, but ancient friction continues between the Flemings and the Walloons even today. Brussels, Belgium's capital, is also home to the headquarters of the European Union and other international organizations. Listed (in seventeenth position) in the 2010 Human Development Index as one of the world's best places to live, Belgium is so brightly lit at night that it can easily be seen by astronauts orbiting in space.

Written by experienced geographers, each volume in the Modern World Nations series offers a comprehensive overview of the people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture that make each of our world's countries unique.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617530449
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Series: Modern World Nations Series
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1 Welcome to the Kingdom of Belgium 8

2 Physical Landscapes 17

3 Belgium Through Time 29

4 People and Culture 47

5 Government and Politics 59

6 Belgium's Economy 72

7 Living in Belgium Today 82

8 Belgium Looks Ahead 102

Facts at a Glance 107

History at a Glance 110

Bibliography 113

Further Reading 114

Index 116

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