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Belgium Introduction - 2004
SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
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.
NOTE: The information regarding Belgium on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Belgium Introduction 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belgium Introduction 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.