Belgium BASIC INFOMATION
|LOCAL TIME||YOUR TIME|
|LOCAL TIME ZONE||TIMEZONE DIFFERENCE|
|UTC/GMT +1 HOURS|
|latitude / longitude|
|50°29'58"N / 4°28'31"E|
|BE / BEL|
|Dutch (official) 60%|
French (official) 40%
German (official) less than 1%
legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
|Belgium banks list|
Belgium covers an area of 30,500 square kilometers and is located in northwestern Europe. It borders Germany to the east, the Netherlands to the north, France to the south, and the North Sea to the west. The coastline is 66.5 kilometers long. Two-thirds of the country's area is hills and flat lowlands, and the lowest point is slightly below sea level. The whole territory is divided into three parts: the Flanders Plain in the northwest, the central hills, and the Arden Plateau in the southeast. The highest point is 694 meters above sea level. The main rivers are the Maas River and the Escau River. It belongs to a maritime temperate broad-leaved forest climate. . |
Belgium, the full name of the Kingdom of Belgium, has an area of 30,500 square kilometers. It is located in northwestern Europe. It borders Germany to the east, the Netherlands to the north, France to the south, and the North Sea to the west. The coastline is 66.5 kilometers long. Two-thirds of the country's area is hills and flat lowlands, with the lowest point slightly below sea level. The whole territory is divided into three parts: the Flanders Plain in the northwest coast, the hills in the middle, and the Ardennes Plateau in the southeast. The highest point is 694 meters above sea level. The main rivers are the Mas River and Escau River. It belongs to a maritime temperate broad-leaved forest climate.
Biliqi, a Celtic tribe in BC, lived here. Since 57 BC, it has long been divided and ruled by the Romans, Gauls, and Germans. From the 9th to 14th centuries, it was segregated by the vassal states. The Burgundian dynasty was established in the 14-15th century. It was subsequently ruled by Spain, Austria, and France. The Conference of Vienna in 1815 merged Belgium into the Netherlands. Independence on October 4, 1830, as a hereditary constitutional monarchy, and chose a German, Prince Leopold of the Duchy of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha, as the first king of Belgium. The following year, the London Conference determined its neutral status. It was occupied by Germany in both world wars. Joined NATO after World War II. Joined the European Community in 1958 and formed an economic alliance with the Netherlands and Luxembourg. In 1993, the national system reform was completed and the federal system was formally implemented. Belgium is a founding country of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In May 2005, the Belgian House of Representatives approved the EU Constitutional Treaty, making Belgium the 10th country among the 25 EU member states to ratify the treaty.
National flag: It is rectangular with a ratio of length to width of 15:13. From left to right, the flag surface is composed of three parallel equal vertical rectangles, black, yellow, and red. Black is a solemn and commemorative color that expresses the memory of the heroes who died in the 1830 War of Independence; yellow symbolizes the wealth of the country and the harvest of animal husbandry and agriculture; red symbolizes the lives and blood of patriots, and also symbolizes the achievements of the war of independence Great victory. Belgium is a hereditary constitutional monarchy. The king's car hoisted the king's flag. The king's flag is different from the national flag. It is a square shape. The flag is similar to the brown color. There is the Belgian national emblem in the middle of the flag. There is a crown and the first letter of the king's name in the four corners of the flag.
Belgium has a population of 10.511 million (2006), of which 6.079 million are Dutch-speaking Flemish Region, and 3.414 million are French-speaking Wallonia (including approximately 71,000 German-speaking). 1.019 million French-language Brussels Capital Region. The official languages are Dutch, French and German. 80% of residents believe in Catholicism.
Belgium is a developed capitalist industrial country with a highly dependent economy. 80% of its raw materials are imported and more than 50% of its industrial products are for export. Belgium has 7 nuclear power plants, accounting for 65% of the total power generation. The forest and green area cover an area of 6,070 square kilometers (2002). The main industrial sectors include steel, machinery, non-ferrous metals, chemicals, textiles, glass, coal and other industries. In 2006, Belgium's GDP was 367.824 billion U.S. dollars, ranking 19th in the world, with a per capita value of 35,436 U.S. dollars.
Brussels: Brussels (Bruxelles) is the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium, located on the banks of the Sonne, a tributary of the Scheldt in central Belgium, with a mild and humid climate and a population of 99.2. Million (2003). Brussels was founded in the 6th century. In 979, Charles, Duke of Lower Lotharingia, built a fortress and a pier here. He called it "Brooksela", which means "abode on the swamp", and Brussels got its name. Since the 16th century, it has been invaded by Spain, Austria, France and the Netherlands. In November 1830, Belgium declared its independence and set its capital in Brussels.
The urban area of Brussels is slightly pentagonal with many historical sites and is a famous tourist attraction in Europe. The city is divided into upper and lower cities. The upper city is built on a slope and is an administrative district. The main attractions include the Louis XVI architectural style Royal Palace, Royal Plaza, Egmont Palace, National Palace (where the Senate and House of Representatives are located), the Royal Library, and the Museum of Modern Ancient Art. Banks, insurance companies, and some well-known industrial and commercial companies have their headquarters here. Xiacheng is a commercial area, and there are many shops here and it is very lively. There are many medieval Gothic buildings around the "Grand Place" in the city center, of which the City Hall is the most spectacular. Nearby are the History Museum, the Swan Cafe that Marx used to visit, and the Financial Street Theater, the birthplace of the revolution in 1830. The symbol of Brussels, the famous "Brussels First Citizen", the bronze statue of Julien Manneken, is here.
Brussels is one of Europe’s historic cultural centers. Many great people in the world, such as Marx, Hugo, Byron and Mozart, have lived here.
Brussels is located in the transportation hub of Western Europe and is the headquarters of international organizations such as the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In addition, more than 200 international administrative centers and more than 1,000 official organizations have also set up offices here. In addition, many international conferences are often held here, so Brussels is known as the "Capital of Europe."