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Belgium

Population:10414336 (July 2010 est.)    Capital:Brussels     Official URL:http://www.belgium.be
About: The area of present-day Belgium has seen significant demographic, political and cultural upheavals over the course of two millenia. During the Middle Ages a lot of small feudal states emerged,... read more The area of present-day Belgium has seen significant demographic, political and cultural upheavals over the course of two millenia. During the Middle Ages a lot of small feudal states emerged, many of which rejoined as the Burgundian Netherlands in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU.