51 Facts About Belgium

1. Belgium has some 40 miles of shoreline on the North Sea.

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2. Belgium is named after the Belgae, a Celtic people whose territory Julius Caesar conquered in 57 bc and ruled as Gallia Belgica.

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3. In 2004, Belgium had the densest railway network in the world, with 3,422 kilometers of track operated by the government-controlled Belgian National Railway Company.

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4. Belgium has a total land boundary length of 1,385 kilometers, sharing borders with the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France.

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5. The US continues to believe that Belgium could be even more active in sharing the international security burden.

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6. Belgium has 25 seats in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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7. Belgium is a strong advocate of strengthening economic and political integration within the EU.

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8. On May 1, 1998, Belgium became a first-tier member of the European Monetary Union.

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9. In 2006, Belgium sent about 400 peacekeepers to Lebanon in support of the UN mission there.

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10. Belgium is a member of the European Economic and Monetary Union.

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11. Belgium is located in Western Europe, bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and the North Sea.

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12. Belgium is a member of NATO, and its military forces have been completely integrated into the alliance.

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13. Belgium is heavily dependent on trade, mostly with neighboring European countries.

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14. Belgium has two major rivers, the Schelde and the Meuse (Maas), both of which originate in France and flow east across Belgium.

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15. Belgium is situated at the southern tip of the North Sea.

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16. Belgium is one of Europe's smallest and most densely populated countries.

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17. Belgium is one of the most densely populated nations in Europe.

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18. Belgium is the most cabled country in the world, the Internet is easily accessible.

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19. Belgium has its own press agency, Belga Press Agency, which covers both daily national and international news.

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20. Belgium is divided into 10 provinces, with executive power in each exercised by a Governor appointed by the King.

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21. Belgium is small, about the size of Maryland, with an area of 11,799 square miles.

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22. In 1999, Belgium began using the euro, the common currency of the European Union.

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23. Belgium is one of the founding members of the European Community.

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24. In 1999, Belgium joined the EMU that created a single currency, the euro, for all of the EU nations.

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25. Belgium has significant investments in the United States that total $6.7 billion.

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26. Belgium is the home to a number of international corporations and has outlets or subsidiaries of many multinational companies such as Ford, Volvo, and Renault.

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27. In 1999, Belgium was one of the founding members of the European Monetary Union.

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28. Belgium is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an organization of the world's most highly developed industrialized democracies.

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29. Belgium is the traditional crossroads of Europe and its capital, Brussels, serves as the capital of the European Union.

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30. In that year, Belgium had 63,220 hotel rooms and 16,368 beds.

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31. Belgium has three major tourist regions: the seacoast, the old Flemish cities, and the Ardennes Forest in the southeast.

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32. Belgium is the economic as well as the political center of Europe.

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33. Belgium is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

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34. Belgium is a charter member of the UN, having joined on 27 December 1945, and participates in ECE and all the nonregional specialized agencies.

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35. Belgium has an 1,800 active member medical service and a Joint Service force of 1,500 active members (2,200 reservists).

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36. Belgium has one of the largest national debts in Western Europe.

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37. Belgium is named after the Belgae, a Celtic people whose territory was conquered in 57 bc by Julius Caesar and was organized by him as Gallia Belgica.

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38. In 2003, Belgium had 4,793,271 passenger cars and 661,948 commercial vehicles registered for use.

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39. Belgium has the lowest salary gap between man and women in the EU.

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40. Belgium is the first foreign investors in some developing countries, like Bulgaria.

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41. Belgium is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with the population density similar to that of Japan, India, England or the neighouring Netherlands.

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42. In 1920, Belgium became the sixth country in the world to host the Olympic Games (in Antwerp).

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43. Belgium is the world's 3rd country with the most vehicles per square kilometres after the Netherlands and Japan.

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44. Belgium is among the top 10 countries for the highest road and railroad density, although TomTom ranks Brussels as the seventh most congested city in Europe.

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45. Belgium is one of the most cabled countries in the world, where some 97 percent of Belgian households receive cable TV.

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46. Belgium has a strong reputation in, motocross with the rider Stefan Everts.

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47. The largest group of immigrants in Belgium are Moroccans, with 400,000 people.

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48. In particular, the Flemish region of Belgium has the highest waste diversion rate in Europe.

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49. Belgium has three main geographical regions; the coastal plain in the northwest and the central plateau both belong to the Anglo-Belgian Basin, and the Ardennes uplands in the southeast to the Hercynian orogenic belt.

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50. Between the 16th and early 19th centuries, Belgium served as the battleground between many European powers, earning the moniker the "Battlefield of Europe", a reputation strengthened by both world wars.

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51. Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups or Communities: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish Community, which constitutes about 59 percent of the population, and the French-speaking Community, which comprises about 40 percent of all Belgians.

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