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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 is composed of the five northern Dutch-speaking provinces of Flanders, the five southern French-speaking provinces of Wallonia (the German-speaking Community is located in the province of Liège along the German border) and the bilingual Capital Region of Brussels.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/b/be/belgium.html   (4075 words)

 Belgium Information Pages. Belgium the Country and its People. (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Economic and cultural prosperity flourished under the Dukes of Burgandy followed by a period of rule by the Spanish.
In Belgium beer is a serious business, to drink, to cook with, to talk about, to lay down in dark cellars to mature, but primarily just to enjoy in the company of some convivial friends.
Belgium is at the heart of Europe and those who visit it find themselves returning time and again to renew the acquaintance.
www.belgium-info.com.cob-web.org:8888 /specials/bel280.htm   (731 words)

 Belgium History & Belgium Culture | iExplore.com
Belgium was a founder member of the Benelux Union and the EU, while Brussels is the headquarters of both NATO and the EU.
In 2005, Belgium celebrates 25 years of federalism and for the first time ever, article one of the Belgian Constitution states that: "Belgium is a federal state made out of communities and regions" (website: www.belgium.be/eportal/index.jsp).
Belgium relies particularly heavily on export earnings – 70 per cent of GDP is exported, one of the highest proportions in the world.
www.iexplore.com /dmap/Belgium/History   (1323 words)

 Belgium: society, character and culture
Since Belgium is not sufficiently important for most foreign media to send journalists there on a long term basis, and since the Belgian reality is anyway very complex and counter-intuitive for people living in different types of culture, the media tend to rely on reports by Belgians for their news about the country.
Belgium is not only one of the richest countries in the world, but as shown by statistics from the World Bank, averaged over a 10 year period (1985-95) its economy has been growing faster than any of the other rich countries, with the exception of those in East Asia.
Belgium: beer paradise) is a national speciality: there are hundreds of different types with distinctive tastes, which are all served in their own specially made glasses.
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 Culture of Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A discussion of Belgian culture requires discussing both those aspects of cultural life shared by 'all' or most of the Belgians, regardless of what language they speak, and also, the differences between the main cultural communities, the Flemings and the French-speakers from Brussels and Wallonia.
Belgium has numerous well-known cartoonists, such as Hergé (The Adventures of Tintin), Peyo (The Smurfs), Franquin (Spirou et Fantasio, Marsupilami, Gaston), Willy Vandersteen (Spike and Suzy), Morris (Lucky Luke), Edgar P. Jacobs (Blake and Mortimer) and Marc Sleen (Nero).
Belgium has a very active jazz scene that is achieving international recognition with bands like Aka Moon, Maak's Spirit and Octurn.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_of_Belgium   (930 words)

 Belgium - Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Belgium is separated into 3 separate linguistic communities: French, Dutch and German.
The national drink of Belgium is beer and there are 130 breweries brewing 400 different kinds of beer.
As you travel through the country there are many examples of cultural history that can be seen in many places, castles, town halls, and cathedrals of Belgium cities and nation side.
www.sjr.mb.ca /ms/geo/countries/belgium/culture.htm   (284 words)

 1Up Travel : Belgium - History and Culture of Belgium.
The golden age began to tarnish in the mid-15th century when the Low Countries (present-day Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) were inherited by Spain, igniting a long battle against Catholic Spanish rule.
Postwar Belgium was characterised by an economic boom, later accentuated by Brussels' appointment as the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Belgium of today is home to a vast army of diplomats, and with them has come a rampant form of internationalism - followed closely by bland skyscrapers and intimidatory restaurants.
www.1uptravel.com /international/europe/belgium/history-culture.html   (479 words)

 Economy of Belgium, Culture of Belgium, Belgium Flag, Belgium History, Flag of Belgium
The flag of Belgium is made up of three equal vertical bands - fl towards the hoist side, yellow in the middle and red towards the right.
The heavy industries of Belgium import raw materials, which are then processed and made ready for export.
In turn, Belgium is dependent upon its neighbours as about three-quarters of the produce are exported to the European Union countries and the nation also plays an important role in integrating other European economies.
www.mapsofworld.com /country-profile/belgium1.html   (423 words)

 Ethnic Cuisine: Belgium (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Belgium is a highly industrialized country with only 5 percent of the working population involved in agriculture.
This land has become a meeting point for the Germanic cultures of northern Europe and the Latin cultures of the south, and this has influenced their cuisine.
Visiting Belgium today, one is easily captivated by the endive, mussels, and chocolates, and each has a story behind it.
www.sallys-place.com.cob-web.org:8888 /food/ethnic_cusine/belgium.htm   (2406 words)

 Culture in francophone Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Furthermore, Pirenne emphasized that the unification of Belgium was not due to race - as in Germany - nor to politics - as in France.
Indeed, believing that a literature of a politically different society (Belgium) would be essentially the same as the literature produced in another public sphere (France) presupposes that literature exists in complete isolation from the society in which it has emerged - that it is a gift from heaven, as it were.
On the cultural level, the creation of an indigenous culture was not possible anymore because this very culture was not supposed to cherish its own, proper image and thereby stimulate self-development.
www.toudi.org /cultur/gbcult.htm   (2996 words)

 Belgium: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
Belgium: Government - Government Belgium is a federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy.
Belgium builds its case for attracting more foreign investment: new tax policy adds to what is already a strength for this logistically......
The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the sandy lowlands of Belgium: new evidence.
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 Cultures of present-day nations and states - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Culture of The Bahamas - Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Culture of the Republic of the Congo - Republic of the Congo
Culture of Trinidad and Tobago - Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cultures_of_present-day_nations_and_states   (1258 words)

 EUROPA - Culture - Belgique
The Kingdom of Belgium is a federal state made up of three Regions and three autonomous Communities, each of which has its own governmental powers.
The powers of these Communities relate to personal matters and range from education to international cultural relations, via language policy, culture and the audiovisual sector, scientific research, youth, occupational training, tourism, etc. In other words, they are the major cultural bodies.
Finally, the federal state retains control over a number of cultural institutions of national importance, including museums such as the Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie, the Bibliothèque royale (Royal Library), the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, etc.
ec.europa.eu /culture/portal/sites/members/belgium_en.htm   (236 words)

 Belgium Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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 is at a cultural crossroad between Germanic Europe and Romance Europe.
Thisconception of culture reflected inequalities within European societies, and between European powers and their colonies around theworld.
www.vermontreview.com /edge/10819-belgium%20culture.html   (344 words)

 Information on Belgium, Climate of Belgium, World Factbook Belgium, Belgium Map, Map of Belgium, Location of Belgium
The climate of Belgium is mixed in nature, with areas near the sea experiencing humid and mild climate, while the inland sees a marked increase in temperature.
Belgium is located in northwestern Europe, bound by The Netherlands and the North Sea in the north, Germany and Luxembourg in the east, and by France in the south and southwest.
Belgium River Map    Brussels City Map    Economy and Culture of Belgium    Flag of Belgium   
www.mapsofworld.com /country-profile/belgium.html   (403 words)

 Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
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).
The population density (342 per km² or 886 per sq. mi) of Belgium is one of the highest in Europe, after that of the Netherlands and some microstates such as Monaco.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Belgium   (4582 words)

 Jackson on Belgian Beer
Germany and Belgium are the only two countries to have kept alive on any scale the practice of brewing in monasteries; only Belgium and The Netherlands have Trappist beers.
Culturally, Flanders stretches from Northern France to The Netherlands, and the Flemish language is much the same as Dutch.
Belgium (the size of Maryland) has three languages, ten million people, and 35,000 places in which beer is served.
www.belgianexperts.com /mjackson.php   (587 words)

 Belgium: Overview (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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.cob-web.org:8888 /BELGCUL.html   (1025 words)

 Culture Briefing Belgium - Your guide to Belgian culture and customs
Culture Briefing Belgium gives you current, in-depth information to help you understand the culture, customs, values and beliefs of the Belgian people.
Culture Briefing: Belgium helps you figure out the Belgians by penetrating below their society’s surface to reveal the customs and established ways of life in Belgium.
It is produced by a team that brings together backgrounds in cultural geography and cultural anthropology as well as extensive experience living for extended periods in a variety of foreign cultures and writing about travel, geography and culture for both the popular press and college-level textbooks.
www.culturebriefings.com /Pages/pubstore/pscbbe.html   (1273 words)

 Belgium - Language, Culture and Doing Business Etiquette
German, spoken by 1% of population can be found in the cantons in the east of the Wallon region.
Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity.
The three predominant cultures are: 1) in north, Flanders - primarily Dutch, 2)in the south, Wallonia — primarily French and 3) the northeast — primarily German influenced.
www.kwintessential.co.uk /resources/global-etiquette/belgium-country-profile.html   (1127 words)

 Amazon.com: Culture Shock! Belgium: A Guide to Customs & Etiquette: Books: Mark Elliot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The West-Flemish people are a breed on their own and have a myriad of customs and culture that decidedly differs from the inland.
Considering the fact that the coast population in towns like Knokke are multiplied by 10 during the summer season, should give you an inkling of the diversity these people are accustomed to.
The point of view of the author is unique in the sense that he is a foreigner (British) but is married to a Belgian and has been living there long enough to know the small things of life.
www.amazon.com /Culture-Shock-Belgium-Customs-Etiquette/dp/1558686061   (1197 words)

 Attractions and Culture of Belgium
Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830.
It was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II and has many war graves near the battle zones.
If you're travelling to Belgium, these are some of the most popular and reliable Travel Guides.
www.magicaljourneys.com /Belgium/belgium-interest.html   (375 words)

 Belgian Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Belgian cultural celebrities do not trip off the tongue: they wait to trip you up, to trick and amuse you.
These are not so much icons as quirky traveling companions who know their cultural limitations.
Belgian fare is a successful blend of the lavish, wholesome and traditional dishes favoured by the Flemish and Brabant merchants and the sophistication of French cuisine.
www.expatriate-online.com /moving/Belgium/culture/culture.cfm   (246 words)

 Maryland Sister State - Culture of Walloon Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Belgium is not lacking in castles and gardens, grottos, caves and large natural sites.
It's calendar of folkloric and cultural celebrations is full of traditional processions, roving shows in the open air, music festivals, athletic events, art exhibits, cultural events, cortèges, international fairs, popular festivals and carnivals.
One of Belgium's most famous chocolatiers is Neuhaus.
www.sos.state.md.us /international/MDSS/WalloonCulture.htm   (113 words)

 Belgium HQ : Belgium Culture
Cultural Policies in Europe: Belgium - Cultural Policy Database...
Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe: a Compendium of Basic...
Belgium HQ excludes all liability of any kind (including negligence) in respect of any third party information or other material made available on, or which can be accessed using, this Website.
www.belgiumhq.com /belgiumculture/index.php   (813 words)

 Kid's Culture Corner-Belgium
Belgium is a small country with two languages – French and Flemish.
The bilingual nature of Belgium influences the observance of holidays.
Here is some interesting commentary about the celebration of Christmas in different parts of the country reflecting the different cultures of Belgium.
www.aifs.com /aupair/kcc/kcc_belgium.htm   (133 words)

 BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Culture plans in Belgium showcase
Liverpool's plans for the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008 are being showcased in Brussels.
Lloyd Grossman, deputy chair of the city's Culture Company, and artistic director Robyn Archer were hosting a reception in the city on Wednesday.
Liverpool beat other UK cities including Birmingham and Newcastle to win the culture prize, which is expected to boost tourism, increase investment and create jobs.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/rss/-/1/hi/england/merseyside/4462220.stm   (214 words)

 Europe Travel » Culture of Belgium : Travel Guide :: Europe Tourist Journal
Belgium packs quite a cultural punch; world-class art, picture-perfect castles, sumptuous chocolate everywhere and more varieties of beer than plant and wildlife species combined.
Culture of Luxembourg The culture of Luxembourg refers to the cultural life and traditions of the small European nation of Luxembourg....
Culture in Southampton Culture vultures should definitely head to the Mayflower Theatre on Commercial Road the largest theatre in southern...
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