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  Belgium (12/07)
Belgium is divided ethnically into the Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons, the 70,000 residents of the eastern German cantons, and the bilingual capital of Brussels.
Belgium supported the expansion of NATO and EU membership to the new democracies of central and eastern Europe and is actively engaged in the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe.
Belgium served as the Chair-in-Office of the OSCE in 2006.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2874.htm   (5621 words)

  Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium hosts the headquarters of NATO and a major part of the European Union's institutions and administrations, including the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the extraordinary and committee sessions of the European Parliament, as well as parts of its administration.
Belgium is one of the few countries that has compulsory voting, thus having one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the world.
Currently, the Belgium economy is heavily service-oriented and shows a dual nature with a dynamic Flemish part with Brussels as its main multilingual and multi-ethnic centre and a GNP/person which is one of the highest from the European union, and a Walloon economy that lags roughly one quarter behind (in GNP/person).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Belgium   (4483 words)

Belgium was a country which had very few voters; out of a population of more than six millions there never were more than 150,000, and during the last years of the Liberal Government no less than six laws had been passed to diminish this number still further by excluding entire classes of Catholic voters.
The continuation of the Catholic regime in Belgium seems to be contingent on a radical reform of school legislation, on provision for the division of State subventions among all the communal or private schools in proportion to the services that they render, and greater boldness in the solution of the labour questions.
According to the census of 31 December, 1905, the population of Belgium is 7,160,547.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02395a.htm   (12864 words)

 Belgium travel guide - Wikitravel
Belgium [1] is a low-lying country on the North Sea coast in Western Europe.
Belgium is a densely populated country trying to balance the conflicting demands of urbanization, transportation, industry, commercial and intensive agriculture.
Belgium has a dense network of modern toll-free motorways, but some secondary roads are in poor condition in the french speaking part.
wikitravel.org /en/Belgium   (5156 words)

The colours of the Belgian flag were taken from the arms of Brabant, a province in the former Low Countries (today Belgium and the Netherlands), which extended from the Walloon province of Walloon Brabant, over the Flemish provinces of Flemish Brabant (and Brussels) and Antwerpen, and up to the Dutch province of North-Brabant.
The lion of Brabant features on the arms of the Kingdom of Belgium and the provincial arms of Walloon Brabant and Flemish Brabant, as well as on the arms of the Dutch province of North-Brabant.
However, according to Roger Harmignies, flags with vertical stripes and flags with horizontal stripes coexisted in Belgium for a few years (see for instance the 1830 Honour flags with horizontal stripes).
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/be.html   (1614 words)

 Index of Economic Freedom 2006 - Belgium
Belgium is still run on a largely corporatist basis, with the business federation and unions negotiating a national collective bargaining agreement every other year.
As a member of the European Union, according to the World Bank, Belgium was subject to a common EU weighted average external tariff of 1.3 percent in 2003, down from the 2.4 percent for 2002 reported in the 2005 Index.
Belgium's domestic banking system has undergone privatization in the past few years and is now almost all privately owned.
www.heritage.org /research/features/index/country.cfm?id=Belgium   (930 words)

Belgium is a highly developed and stable democracy with a modern economy.
Non-EU citizens visiting Belgium and staying in a private residence are required by Belgian law to register with local Commune authorities within three days of their arrival.
Given the requirements to change status in Belgium, it is nearly impossible to do so within the 90 days permitted to remain in Belgium without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program.
travel.state.gov /travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1044.html   (2197 words)

 Belgium Doesn't Exist!
Belgium is, and has always been, a leftist ruse; a device applied to propagate the Liberal agenda throughout the world.
Belgium history was designed with just enough territorial skirmishes, political struggles, and colonialism to make it blend in with the rest of Europe.
Belgium has conveniently managed to wind up with the two-letter ISO 3166-1 country code BE, which is used for everything from their top-level Internet domain to tracking FedEx packages shipped into the "country" (NWO operatives in FedEx use the code to route the packages under Euro-Disneyland).
zapatopi.net /belgium.html   (1880 words)

 WTO | Belgium - Member information
Belgium's Uruguay Round goods schedules are included in those of the European Communities (zip format, 759 KB)
Belgium is included in TPRs of the EU/EC See the TPR gateway for explanations and background
Belgium is also included in dispute settlement cases of the EU/EC.
www.wto.org /english/thewto_e/countries_e/belgium_e.htm   (288 words)

 Belgium: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
In the 15th century, most of the Low Countries (currently the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg) passed to the duchy of Burgundy and were subsequently inherited by Emperor Charles V. When the latter abdicated in 1555, they went to his son Philippe II, king of Spain.
Belgium builds its case for attracting more foreign investment: new tax policy adds to what is already a strength for this logistically......
Belgium offers a sweet tax deal for U.S. investors: eager to position itself as the "gateway to Europe" for U.S. and other global......
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0107329.html   (1347 words)

 SCI-BYTES: Science in Belgium, 1999-2003
Belgium's world share of science and social-science papers over the last five years, expressed as a percentage of papers in each of 21 fields in the Thomson ISI database.
Also, Belgium's relative citation impact compared to the world average in each field, in percentage terms.
The impact of microbiology papers from Belgium, as the right-hand column indicates, exceeded the world average by 6% during the five-year period (7.40 cites per paper for Belgium, versus the world baseline of 6.95 cites per paper).
www.in-cites.com /research/2004/august_9_2004-2.html   (280 words)

 Belgium: Overview
Belgium is a small, highly developed and densely populated country (10 million of inhabitants) at the cross-roads of Western Europe.
Belgium is one of the founding members of the European Community, and its capital, Brussels, is also the capital of the European Union.
Belgium has possibly the highest "quality of life" in the world, as testified by its excellent food, housing, health care, education and infrastructure, its world records for high productivity and low poverty, and the appreciation of foreigners residing in Belgium.
pespmc1.vub.ac.be /Belgcul.html   (1026 words)

 Royalty.nu - The History of Belgium - Belgian Royalty
The Kingdom of Belgium is a democracy with a constitutional monarch.
Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, is the heir to the throne.
This history of Belgium and the Netherlands is the first major study in English to treat them as nations in their own right, while placing them in a wider European and world context.
www.royalty.nu /Europe/Belgium.html   (2533 words)

 Military of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Military of Belgium are the Belgian armed forces.
Consisting of the Army Component, Air Component, Naval Component, and Medical Component, they consist of about 40,800 troops total.
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en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Military_of_Belgium   (114 words)

 Belgium and the IMF -- Page 1 of 5
Belgium is a subscriber to the Special Data Dissemination Standard.
On behalf of: Austria, Belgium, Republic of Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, Turkey.
Missions are undertaken as part of regular (usually annual) consultations under Article IV of the IMF's Articles of Agreement, in the context of a request to use IMF resources (borrow from the IMF), as part of discussions of staff monitored programs, and as part of other staff reviews of economic developments.
www.imf.org /external/country/BEL/index.htm   (861 words)

 Belgium Travel Guide and Travel Information - Lonely Planet
Belgium's sluggish surface hides cultural cachet and a passion for pleasure.
If Belgium's spotlight on the European stage is a little dim, it's only because its people are rarely boastful.
A rich and bubbling vat of beer, chocolate, oil paint and bureaucrats, Belgium gives off the heady pong of the bourgeoisie.
www.lonelyplanet.com /worldguide/destinations/europe/belgium   (199 words)

 Belgium:Country Web Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: )
www.oecd.org/belgium is a one-stop-shop for OECD reports and statistics on Belgium.
This report, published by the Education department of the Ministry of the Flemish Community of Belgium examines the performance of the Flanders region in mathematics, science and reading compared to those of the other participating countries of the PISA 2003 survey.
Belgium continues to make measured progress in its energy policy, particularly with respect to electricity market liberalisation.
www.oecd.org /country/0,3021,en_33873108_33873261_1_1_1_1_1,00.html   (217 words)

 Belgium current local time from WorldTimeServer.com
A comprehensive list of other locations in addition to Belgium is also available which you can view current time by country name or by city name.
You can also rent a Satellite Phone if you are going to a remote location where cell service is not available.
Get a chart comparing the time of day in Belgium with all of the other locations you are interested in.
www.worldtimeserver.com /current_time_in_BE.aspx   (588 words)

 Belgian Euro Coins
On new year's day 2002, Belgium, like the other 11 members of the Eurozone, started using Euro notes and Euro coins for cash transactions.
All eight denominations bear the same design as for the 2 Euro except for their size and colour.
Availability* = Dates shown in this column are the most recent release dates advised to us by the mints or their distributors.
www.eurocoins.co.uk /belgium.html   (468 words)

 Home: Doing Business in Belgium -- U.S. Commercial Service Belgium
Belgium is a highly developed and densely populated country centrally located at the “heart” of Europe.
The standard of living in Belgium is among the highest in the world, as it boasts excellent food, housing, health-care, education and infrastructure, as well as high productivity and low poverty.
It also is a significant economic partner to the U.S. with bilateral trade amounting almost to $30 billion in 2004.
www.buyusa.gov /belgium/en   (148 words)

 The Ada-Belgium Organization
Managing an Ada archive for Belgium with free Ada 83 & Ada 95 compilers, hypertext reference manuals and an on-line tutorial, a full copy of the "Ada and Software Engineering Library" (ASE2), free Ada Software provided by Belgian Ada users, etc.
Representation of Belgium in Ada-Europe and the international Ada community.
the Department of Computer Science of the K.U.Leuven in Belgium kindly provides some of the computer resources to run the Ada-Belgium Web- and FTP-servers and associated mailing lists; and our sponsors provide the means to make Ada-Belgium possible.
www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be /~dirk/ada-belgium   (674 words)

 Belgium | eds.com
EDS was established in Belgium in 1985 and has since developed into the leader in the Belgian information technology (IT) services market.
To inquire about opportunities with EDS Belgium, please send an e-mail to info.belgium@eds.com.
You may ask us questions, send us a description of the job you're looking for, or ask for more information about specific opportunities of interest to you.
www.eds.com /about/locations/belgium   (132 words)

 Ethnologue report for Belgium
Depending on the city in Belgium, 50% to 90% of the population speak it (2001 A. Schunck).
Walloon developed between the 8th and 12th centuries from remnants of Latin brought to the region by Roman soldiers, merchants, and settlers.
The eastern subdialect of Walloon is considered to be the more difficult one to understand within Belgium.
www.ethnologue.com /show_country.asp?name=Belgium   (456 words)

 Belgium Travel Guide
Ardennes is considered a year-round playground in Belgium where visitors can ski in winter and kayak, hike or mountain bike in summer.
Belgians are known for their beer, chocolate and oil painting but Belgium has so much more to offer.
Medieval cities, quaint towns, gothic cathedrals, castles and carillons keep tourist busy during the day and with 350 beers to choose from, the evening can be well spent in a local pub.
www.planetware.com /free/clb.htm   (258 words)

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