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Largest City: Brussels
Religion: Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
Languages Spoken: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
Introduction and Brief History
independent from the
Netherlands in 1830 and was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and
II. It has prospered in the past half century as a modern,
advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between
the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking
of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments
these regions formal recognition and autonomy.