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 Belgium
Belgium is at a cultural crossroad between the Germanic Europe (with Dutch speakers in the North, the Flemings) and the Romance Europe (with French speakers in the South, the Walloons), which is reflected in its complex institutions and political history.
Belgium is divided into three communities, the Flemish community, the French-speaking community and the German-speaking community, and in three regions: Brussels (mainly Dutch- and French-speaking, with a population of 960,000), Flanders (mainly Dutch-speaking, with a population of 6,000,000), and Wallonia (mainly French-speaking, with a population of 3,300,000).
Belgium was one of the first countries to adopt the euro, the single European currency, in January 1999 and the Belgian franc was completely replaced by euro coins and banknotes in early 2002.
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 Communities, regions and provinces of Belgium Information
Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three Communities, three Regions, and four linguistic regions.
Belgium also comprises 589 municipalities, which in general consist of several sub-municipalities (which were independent municipalities before the municipal merger operation of 1977).
It should be noted that the Flemish Community and the Flemish Region officially have merged into the Flemish Community, with one parliament, one government and one administration, exerting both regional and community competencies.
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 Belgium. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Belgium is bordered on the N by the Netherlands and the North Sea, on the E by Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and on the W and SW by France.
Belgium was occupied by the French during the French Revolutionary Wars and transferred from Austria to France by the Treaty of Campo Formio (1797).
All of Belgium except a small strip in West Flanders, which served as a battle front throughout the war (see, e.g., Ypres), was conquered by Oct. 10, 1914, and the people suffered under a harsh occupation regime.
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 Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Belgium is at a cultural crossroad the Germanic Europe (with Dutch speakers in the North the Flemings) and the Romance Europe (with French speakers in the South the Walloons) which is reflected in its complex and political history.
Belgium possessed one primary foreign colony during history: the Congo which was given to King Leopold II in the Conference of Berlin in 1885.
Belgium is divided into three communities the Flemish community the French-speaking community and the German-speaking community and in three regions: Brussels (mainly Dutch- and French-speaking with a of 960 000) Flanders (mainly Dutch-speaking with a population of 000 000) and Wallonia (mainly French-speaking with a population of 300 000).
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 Communities and regions of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions.
The communities, regions and provinces, and linguistic regions are the four most important subnational entities of Belgium, as laid out into the Belgian constitution and the municipalities are defined by law.
Municipalities: of the Brussels-Capital Region of Flanders • of Wallonia
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 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Through constitutional reforms in the 1970s and 1980s, regionalisation of the unitary state led to a three-tiered federation: federal, regional, and community governments were created, a compromise designed to minimize linguistic, cultural, social and economic tensions.
The communities, regions, language areas, municipalities, and provinces, are the five most important subnational entities of Belgium, as laid out into the Belgian constitution.
Regions have authority in fields connected with their territory in the widest meaning of the term, thus relating to the economy, employment, agriculture, water policy, housing, public works, energy, transport, the environment, town and country planning, nature conservation, credit, and foreign trade.
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 Belgium (04/07)
A postwar phenomenon in Belgium was the emergence of linguistic-based parties, which were formed to defend the cultural, political, and economic interests of one of the linguistic groups or regions of Belgian society.
Belgium operates within UN and EU frameworks concerning the freezing of terrorist assets, and in 2007 enacted a domestic legal framework to act independently.
Belgium served as the Chair-in-Office of the OSCE in 2006.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2874.htm   (5717 words)

  
 Belgium: Administrative divisions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Twenty-one Senators are appointed by the Communities, 10 by the Flemish Council, 10 by the Council of the French Community, and 1 by the German-speaking Community.
The Province of Brabant ceased to exist on 1 January 1995 and was split up into the Provinces of Walloon Brabant and Flemish Brabant, together with the Region of Brussels-Capital.
A proposal of flag for the province of East Flanders was rejected by the Flemish Heraldic Council.
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 Belgium information - Search.com
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 most of the sessions of the European Parliament.
Belgium is one of the few countries that has compulsory voting, thus having one of the highest rates of voter turnout in the world.
Belgium, with an area of 30 528 square kilometres (11,787 sq. mi), has three main geographical regions: the coastal plain in the north-west, the central plateau, and the Ardennes uplands in the south-east.
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 sociology - Belgium
The Kingdom of Belgium (Dutch: Koninkrijk België, French: Royaume de Belgique, German: Königreich Belgien) is a country in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium's foreign involvement increased after the World War I when two former German colonies, Rwanda and Burundi, were mandated to Belgium by the League of Nations.
Both the Dutch spoken in Belgium and the Belgian French have small vocabulary differences from the varieties spoken in the Netherlands and France, but are mutually intelligible with their respective neighbouring dialects.
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 Belgium : QuicklyFind Info
Category: European Countries Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a country located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium is at a cultural crossroad between the Germanic Europe (with Dutch speakers in the North, the Flemings) and the Romance Europe (with French speakers in the South), which is reflected in its complex institutions and political history.
Belgium has had one colony during its history: Congo, which was given to King Leopold II in the Conference of Berlin in 1885.
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 Belgium
Belgium's political institutions are complex, but the majority of political power is organised with the two main communities: the Flemings, and their political parties; and the Walloons, and their parties.
Within each of those communities, language use varies widely, with parts of each community maintaining their language of origin over generations, other parts moving towards the language of the city of residence.
In Belgium there are over 450 different kinds of beer, those of the Trappist monks being among the most prestigious, though serious connoisseurs tout the very rare pure lambics, fermented spontaneously by wild yeasts, as being the finest and most complex.
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 Meteoroloo.com :: Belgium - map of belgium
Belgium is at the crossroads of Europe, both geographically and culturally; for 2,000 years it has been a pathway for the vast cultural shifts that have moved across the continent.
Belgium is composed of the five northern Dutch-speaking provinces of Flanders, the five southern belgium horses French-speaking provinces of Wallonia and the Capital Region of Brussels.The constitution was revised on 14 July 1993 to create a federal state and several governmental entities have been created.
Belgium adopted the euro, the single European currency, in January 1999, and the Belgian franc was replaced by the euro in 2002.
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 Belgium - Gurupedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a country in
German-speaking community, and in three regions: Brussels (mainly Dutch- and French-speaking, with a population of 960,000), Flanders (mainly Dutch-speaking, with a population of 6,000,000), and Wallonia (mainly French-speaking, with a population of 3,300,000).
Belgium was one of the first countries to adopt the euro, the single European currency, in January 1999 and the Belgian
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 FAIFE World Report: Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
As Belgium is a federale country there are laws for access to documents of the Flemish Government (23.10.1991), teh French Community and Region, the federal government (11.04.1994) and the provinces and cities (12.11.1997).
Belgium is federalised in three regions (Brussels, Flanders and Wallons) and three communities (Flemish, German and French speaking).
The communities are responsible for education and culture.
www.ifla.org /faife/report/belgium.htm   (890 words)

  
 Communities, regions and provinces of Belgium - Definition, explanation
Belgian official communities do not refer directly to groups of people but rather to a division of the political linguistic and cultural competencies of the country (although people from a linguistic demographic non-institutional community often identify themselves with the institutions).
The population breakdown in the region is as follow : 85% french-speaking, 15% flemish.
French may be used for administrative purpose in a limited number of the so-called "municipalities with linguistic facilities" around the Brussels Capital Region and on the border with Wallonia.
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 Belgium, hotels, cars, information, tips
Belgium and parts of Northern France is the site of the so-called Spring Classics, a series of road cycling races ran in the spring season.
Belgium is also the dominant country in cyclocross, and has produced a few MTB champions.
Belgium also is famous for its rich cultural heritage including its capital Brussels with its famous architecture, palaces, its pubs, old shopping malls and its lifestyle.
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 Provincie Vlaams-Brabant
Flemish Brabant, the youngest of the five provinces of Flanders, was created in 1995 when the single province of Brabant was split into three: a Flemish part, a Walloon part, and the capital region of Brussels.
Flemish Brabant is proud to present to you the magnificent cultural heritage city of Leuven and two very remarkable regions – the Green Belt and the Hageland.
These regions, and Leuven too, of course, are highly recommended, each in their own very particular way.
www.vlaamsbrabant.be /vlbrEn   (151 words)

  
 Belgium: Overview
Belgium is one of the founding members of the European Community, and its capital, Brussels, is also the capital of the European Union.
It is a federal state, with 3 relatively autonomous regions: Flanders in the north, where the language is Dutch ("Flemish"), Wallonia in the south, where the language is French, and the centrally located Brussels, which is officially bilingual.
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.
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 Belgium Hotels Booking
Belgium officially came into being as an independent state organised as a constitutional and parliamentary monarchy.
At the same time, Belgium remains highly committed in the international arena, being a founder member of what is currently the European Union and a member of the United Nations.
Belgium has thus evolved from a unitary, decentralised state into a fully federal state.
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 Flemish Region - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Flemish Region, a contemporary meaning of 'Flanders', is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium – alongside the Walloon Region ('Wallonia') and the Brussels-Capital Region.
Hence, the Flemish Region is governed by the Flemish Community institutions.
However, members of the Flemish Community parliament, who were elected in Brussels-Capital Region, have no right to vote on Flemish regional affairs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Flemish_region   (212 words)

  
 FLOSSworld: home
FLOSSWorld primarily aims to strengthen Europe’s leadership in international research in FLOSS and open standards, and to exploit research and policy complementarities to improve international cooperation, by building a global constituency of policy-makers and researchers.
It is expected that FLOSSWorld will enhance Europe’s leading role in research in the area of FLOSS and strongly embed Europe in a global network of researchers and policy makers, and the business, higher education and developer communities.
workshops and working group activities to build an international research and policy development constituency: regional and international workshops and focused working groups from the represented target regions.
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 Clickable map of Belgium (regions and communities)
The German-speaking Community is “part” of the Walloon Region
Brussels Capital Region is “part” of both the Flemish Community and French Community of Belgium.
Copyright: FOTW Belgium maps by Mark Sensen and António Martins and boundaries’ data by António Martins.
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