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Topic: Municipalities of Belgium


  
  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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 Belgium - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article
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 in which voting is compulsory; it has 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.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/b/e/l/Belgium.html   (3919 words)

  
 Belgium
Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French, and Belgien in German) is a small country located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830 and was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
Belgium became a first-tier member of the Euro, the single European currency, in January 1999 and the Belgian franc was completely replaced by euro coins and banknotes in early 2002.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/be/Belgium.html   (928 words)

  
 sociology - Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
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 French-speakers, and their parties.
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 980,000), Flemish region (mainly Dutch-speaking, with a population of 5,900,000), and Wallonia (mainly French-speaking, with a population of 3,360,000).
Belgium is composed of the 5 northern Dutch-speaking provinces of Flanders, the 5 southern French-speaking provinces of Wallonia and the Capital Region of Brussels.
www.aboutsociology.com /sociology/Belgium   (3213 words)

  
 Belgium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
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).
www.freeglossary.com /Belgium   (3088 words)

  
 Belgium
On the Schelde, the principal waterway of Belgium, are the ports of Antwerp, Brussels, and Ghent.
Belgium was twice occupied by the French army, and the country was formally ceded to France by the Treaty of Campo Formio in 1797.
Belgium was similarly cooperative toward the efforts of the democratic countries to accomplish economic recovery and to erect safeguards against Communist aggression.
autocww.colorado.edu /~blackmon/E64ContentFiles/GeographyOfCountries/belgium.htm   (6486 words)

  
 Belgium (09/06)
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.
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 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.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/2874.htm   (5741 words)

  
 BELGIUM-ROOTS Project: Places in Belgium - Belgian Municipalities and Places
The municipality is the smallest administrative unit in Belgium.
The Treaty of XXIV articles, finalized by the Final Treaty of 1839, by which the King of the Netherlands recognizes the independence of Belgium, decrees that 124 Limburg municipalities are surrendered to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and 119 Luxemburg municipalities to the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg.
In addition, Belgium acquired 31 municipalities from Germany in the Treaty of Versailles as a compensation for WWI.
belgium.rootsweb.com /bel/_places/bel_places.html   (483 words)

  
 Antwerp (Municipality, Province of Antwerp, Belgium)
The municipality and town (Stad) of Antwerp is the capital city of the arrondissement of Antwerp and the province of Antwerp.
On 1 January 1983, the municipality of Antwerp incorporated the former municipalities of Berchem, Borgerhout, Deurne, Ekeren, Hoboken, Merksem and Wilrijk.
The flag of the former municipality of Hoboken is vertically divided red-white.
www.fotw.net /flags/be-vanan.html   (633 words)

  
 Clavier (Municipality, Province of Liège, Belgium)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The municipality of Clavier (4,158 inhabitants on 1 January 2004; 7,925 ha) is located on the borders of the provincs of Liège, Namur and Luxembourg, in the region of Condroz.
Clavier is one of the biggest municipalities in Belgium by its area and has the highest density of castles in Belgium.
The municipal flag of Clavier is red with a white wavy bend and three white towers placed 2 and 1 in the upper right corner.
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/be-wlgcl.html   (426 words)

  
 Nepalese society in belgium
Belgium is located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.
Belgium is annexed to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Belgium is member country of EU, capital of the EU is in Brussel.
users.cjb.net /nbsociety/belgium.htm   (639 words)

  
 Euromosaic - German in Belgium
Lower-Frankish Limbourgian is spoken in Northern Belgium and Moselle Frankish in Southern Belgium.
Education in Belgium is financed by the State either directly or in the form of subsidies that do not depend on the number of pupils.
Teachers in Belgium basically have to demonstrate that they have a command of the language of instruction of the school in which they teach or of the language of the department in which they are working.
www.uoc.edu /euromosaic/web/document/alemany/an/i1/i1.html   (3919 words)

  
 German in Belgium
To understand the situation of the autochthonous German population of Belgium it is necessary to shed light on the rather intricate structure of Belgium as a federal state.
With the reform of 1988/89 the Communities were appointed school authority (with the exception of the determination of beginning and end of compulsory education attendance, the conditions for issuing certificates and diplomas, and the control over the pension scheme for teaching staff, all of which remained federal competences).
Because the German population in Old Belgium is not officially recognized and does not have the same legal protections and recognition (the so-called ‘facilities'), it is far more difficult to provide any exact information on their number.
www1.fa.knaw.nl /mercator/regionale_dossiers/regional_dossier_german_in_belgium.htm   (10409 words)

  
 Eurostat
The Brussels Region consists of the district of the capital city of Brussels (19 municipalities).
After 243 municipalities were ceded to the Netherlands and G. Luxembourg in 1839, the figure increased to 2 675 in 1928, gradually declining thereafter until 1976.
The last changes were caused by the division of the Brussels district into the districts of the capital city of Brussels, Halle-Vilvoorde and Leuven (Province of Brabant) and the formation of the district of Mouscron (Province of Hainaut) from municipalities in the Province of West Flanders.
forum.europa.eu.int /irc/dsis/regportraits/info/data/en/be.htm   (269 words)

  
 Database of Belgian Municipalities, 1796-1970
Due to these changes and to the fact that data and maps are available at the NIS from the 1970s onwards, we have decided to stop the period of research in 1970.
Although, the town or municipality is the basic unit of analysis in the database, we chose the province as a level for amalgamation of the statistical data and maps.
It is in fact an administrative-geographic and statistical repertory of the municipalities and supra-communal units (kantons, arrondisements and provinces) of Belgium.
www.geog.port.ac.uk /hist-bound/papers/belgian_paper.htm   (2619 words)

  
 Municipalities with linguistic facilities - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The municipalities with linguistic facilities or municipalities with facilities (Dutch: "faciliteitengemeenten", French: "communes à facilités") are municipalities in Belgium with special law provisions to protect rights of their (historic) linguistic minorities.
For instance, in those municipalities, French-speakers in Flanders and Dutch-and German-speakers in Wallonia, and French-speakers in the German language area may obtain administrative documents from local public authorities or from certain federal authorities in their mother tongue.
The German-speaking minority was mostly settled in the 'Eastern Cantons', several Prussian municipalities ceded to Belgium by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and administered from 1920 to 1925 by a Belgian military High Commissionner.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Municipalities_with_linguistic_facilities   (1606 words)

  
 Beveren (Municipality, Province of East Flanders, Belgium)
The municipality of Beveren (45,705 inhabitants on 1 January 2006; 15,018 ha, therefore one of the biggest municipalities of Belgium) is located in the Waasland, 20 km east of Antwerp.
The municipal flag of Beveren is horizontally divided in eight horizontal stripes in turn yellow and blue with a red saltire allover.
According to the Hertogelijke Heemkundige Kring "Het Land van Beveren", representations of the arms of Beveren (Fessy or and azure eight pieces a saltire gules overall) are found on a seal (diameter 40 mm) affixed to a document of the municipal court (schepenbank) on 12 June 1607 (State Archives, Mons).
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/be-vovbv.html   (749 words)

  
 Municipalities in Belgium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Belgium comprises 589 municipalities (Dutch: gemeenten, French: communes, German: Gemeinde) grouped into five provinces in each of two regions and into a third region, the Brussels-Capital Region, comprising 19 municipalities that do not belong to a province.
The municipalities are the smallest administrative subdivisions of Belgium.
After municipalities were merged in 1977 (major merging) and 1983 (merging of the municipalities of Antwerp), the number came down to 589.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Municipalities_of_Belgium   (224 words)

  
 Belgium
Belgium is a small country in north-western Europe.
From 1384 to 1477 Belgium was under the Control of the House of Burgundy.
Almost one half of the schools in Belgium are controlled by the church, and alot of the teachers are monks.
www.fortunecity.com /millennium/funtime/1002/writing/belgium.html   (735 words)

  
 KIMO Netherlands and Belgium
KIMO Netherlands and Belgium’s members are municipalities who have an interest in tourism, recreation, fishery, nature and industry in the North Sea and its coastal waters.
The KIMO network brings the opinions and visions of the local municipalities to the attention of the national governments and international conventions to exert influence on policy preparation and implementation relating to marine pollution in northern seas and coastal waters.
The members of KIMO the Netherlands and Belgium are all elected members of their local municipalities and represent the views of their constituents.
www.kimointernational.org /Default.aspx?tabid=40   (480 words)

  
 Belgium Guide - Brussels Capital Region
Belgium is a federal country, made of juxtaposed geographic region-states (Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia) and linguistic community-states (French, Dutch and German), each with specific powers (e.g.
The most famous venue in Belgium remains nevertheless Forest National (bus/tram lines No 48, 52 or 54), that is also one of the biggest theatre in the country, with 7000 seats.
Brussels-National Airport, also known as Zaventem Airport (from the name of the municipality where it is located) is a major European airport, with flights to and from most major destinations worldwide.
www.eupedia.com /belgium/brussels.shtml   (7088 words)

  
 CEMR - Council of European Municipalities and Regions
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is organising a seminar on climate change, in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, in Brussels, on 31 January 2007.
Dexia group and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) have presented their joint study on the state of local and regional authorities in Europe, on 20 December 2006 in Brussels...
The executive bureau of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) has adopted a declaration on the future and the perspectives of the EU, in Rome, on 18 December 2006...
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 U.S.ENGLISH Foundation Official Language Research - Belgium: Language in everyday life
There are three districts in OB: the area around Montzen, also known as the Welkenraedt Region (Old Belgium North), Bocholz with the villages of Deifeld, Urt and Watermal (Old Belgium Central) and the Arelerland on the Luxembourg border.
In New Belgium, German is the official language as well as the practical language of the territory.
Under certain circumstances, the child’s mother tongue or language of habitual use may also be the language of instruction in nursery or primary schools in the Montzen municipality (Articles 3 and 4 of the Education Act of July 30, 1963).
www.us-english.org /foundation/research/olp/viewResearch.asp?CID=8&TID=6   (1681 words)

  
 Public intervenings - www.hr2hr.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The municipalities : there are 589 municipalities in Belgium.
The ancient municipalities where those established when the country was part of the French empire.
Moreover, the daily administration of some institutions and agencies is taken in charge by the "social partners" (employers and workers unions), as for the National Employment Agency for example.
www.hr2hr.com /main.php?lng=en&page_id=007   (1396 words)

  
 ALICE - Belgium
On the legal level, the French Community opted for a global decree (law) on 'Education Permanente des Adultes' and a decree on continuing training of adults (which is administered by the region), whilst the Flemish Community legally recognised the existing structures and associations separately with the result that an unruly growth of structures has arisen.
A comparison of non-formal education in Belgium with that in other European countries shows that the greatest difference lies in the socio-cultural organisations.
Adult education in Belgium consists of three pillars: formal adult education, socio-cultural education (non-formal adult education) and vocational training.
www.kaapeli.fi /~vsy/alice/cou/bel.html   (727 words)

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