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Belgium
Capital:
Brussels
Population:
10,348,276 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Belgium became 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, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.
Government type:
federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $299.1 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
3.4 million (2002)
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