Belgium is located in Western Europe. It is famous for its primitive towns and its emerging architecture. It is the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.
The country recorded a population of 11.46 million in 2019 and covers an area of 30,689 km2.
Its capital and largest city are Brussels.
Other large cities include Antwerp, Liege, Charleroi and Ghent. Antwerp is a port city on primitive architecture like the Diamond district houses of the ancient diamond traders.
Guild houses along the Lys River in Ghent
Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830.
During the First World War and Second World War, the Germans occupied the country.
The constitution was amended in 1993 which divided the country into three administrative areas; Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.
The county’s currency was changed from Belgian franc to Euro in 2002.
Belgians have distinct cultures demonstrated through the languages’ there are Dutch and French-speaking Belgians.
The main crops grown in the country are barley, sugar beets, potatoes and corn. Popular foods in the country include Hamburgers and spaghetti. The chocolate, waffles, fries and beer in Belgium are widely recognized.
The most common wildlife animals include buzzards, falcons, ducks, badgers, weasels, foxes, lynxes, red deer and wild boar.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
Some of the festivals celebrated in the country are boombal festival, rock wrethcher, carnaval de binche and Brudges beer festival.
Things to see
There is the Grand place at the centre of Brussels where the city town hall, the King’s House and Brussels city museum are all positioned.
There is also the Canals and belfry of bruges, a tower 83m high which existed in the 13th century, where craftsmen display their work.
Then the Battlefield of Flanders named after the title of the battles fought in Flanders in the northern part of France and Belgium in the First World War.
Antwerp is widely known as the world’s diamond capital for its large diamond industry which contributes greatly to the country’s economy.
It is amongst the world’s highest exporter of diamonds.
The New York City was founded by Peter Minuit who was a Belgian nationalist.
The country once went through a record of 541 days without a government.
The main religion is Roman Catholicism.