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.
Belgium is bordered on the north by the Netherlands, on the east by Germany, on the southeast by Luxembourg, on the southwest by France and the northwest by the North Sea.