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Belgium

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Kingdom of Belgium
Koninkrijk België (Dutch)
Royaume de Belgique (French)

Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. Head of State: King Albert II

Capital: Brussels is home to both the European Union and NATO

Belgium is located in north-western Europe. It is surrounded by the Netherlands, the North Sea, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. There is a coastline with beaches on the western side of Belgium. The rest of Belgium is completely landlocked.

 

History

Belgium Flag

History of Belgium

In Flanders Fields Poem First published in December, 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War. Today, the poem continues to be a part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and other countries.

Animals

The bloodhound is said to be the keenest of all tracking dogs, with ancestry that can be traced to eighth century Belgium.

Climate

Belgium has temperate weather, warm in summer
(May to September) and cool to cold in winter, with snow very likely.

Land

Belgium is a small country that is rich in history, art, architecture, castles, and chocolate.

There are three very different regions in Belgium:

Flanders in the north, is a flatland criss-crossed by canals, where the language is Dutch. There are great art cities in the north; Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.

Wallonia in the south, is rolling hills of the Ardennes, where the language is French. There are numerous castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur, Tournai, and Waterloo.

Centrally located is the capital Brussels, a great cosmopolitan city which is officially bilingual.

Games

Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford) is the creator of the Smurfs.
The Smurfs Fun and Games. (online games, color pages, and more).

Artist

Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Flemish artist who greatly admired flower paintings.

Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone.

Recipes

Recipes From Belgium
A lot of Belgium recipes.

Color Pages

Redouté: Rosa Eglanteria Coloring Page

Make

Build a Medieval Castle
Build your own medieval castle, complete with towers,
gatehouse and keep.

Wallpapers & Screensavers

Bruges, Belgium Screen Saver
20 pictures of the city of Bruges

Fun Facts

The Atomium
In Brussels is a very famous monument the Atomium, that was built for the World Expo in 1958.

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