Demographic Information Belgium has a population of 10,379,067 Belgium covers a total of 11,780 square miles. The 2 main languages are Dutch and French. Brussels is the capital with approximately 1 million people. 75% of Belgians are Roman Catholic.
Form of Government Belgium has a federal parliamentary democracy. This form of government is under a constitutional monarchy There and the Executive- King (head of state), Prime Minister (head of government), Council of Ministers (cabinet) branches. Legislative bicameral parliament (Senate and House of Representatives) branches.
Historical Events Belgium was created in 57 BC after being invaded by Romans. Many of Belgiums fortunes and misfortunes have come from Europes ever-changing balance of power. Parties of raiding Vikings forced the growth of feudal domains in the 9th and 10th centuries. This was called the rise of Flanders.
Historical Events(Continued) At the Conference of London in January 1831, the European powers recognized Belgian independence. After WWII the country was caught up in a constitutional crisis over Léopold III’s wartime actions. Many people believe that early surrender saved Belgium as a country.
Economic Information Belgium has a well developed free market economy. (Both industry and service) In 1999, the nation ranked number 11 among the worlds top exporters. Belgiums economy has consistently placed among the top 20 economies of the world. Belgiums economy was based on the nations manufacturing capabilities through most of its history.
Food Belgium is famous for its waffles. Belgians enjoy making deserts out of waffles. Many cuisines contain fruits and chocolates. America’s idea of Belgium waffles is very inaccurate.
Major Cities Brussels is the largest city of Belgium Brussels has a population of over 1 million people Anwerpen is the second largest city with nearly 500,000 residents. Belgiums Flanders region contains the most big cities.
Contribution to the Arts Belgium art expression idea from various disciplines portray the life and traditions of the people of the country. Belgium is essentially a heterogeneous country with diverse ethnic groups. The arts and culture of Belgium is diverse, rich and colorful. Belgium artist use realism and surrealism.