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In 1830, Belgium got its independence from Netherlands but it was again occupied by Germany during World War I and II. Over the last half century, Belgium turned out to be a prosperous nation with major advancement in technology and every other field. Moreover, Belgium also termed as a destination where you get to do all kinds of fun and exciting activities. Travelers from all over, especially the young lot between the age group of 20- 30 reach the beautiful cities of Belgium to enjoy a great vacation in the chic and affordable hotels, with fabulous shopping options, adventure, awesome food and a nightlife that is fun and unending. In fact the capital city Brussels is said to be the hub of fashion and style in Europe.
Belgium or conventionally known as the Kingdom of Belgium works as a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy. Though the King functions as the head of the state but he has limited rights such as appointing ministers including the Prime Minister and the Chamber of Representatives to form the federal government amongst other functions.
Belgium shares its geographical boundary with countries like France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The total area of the country is 33,990 sq km and the country lies between 49° and 53° N latitudes and 2° and 7° E longitudes.
Belgium has a maritime temperate climate and an all season precipitation effect. The lowest average temperature of the country is recorded in the month of January at 3 °C, whereas the highest recorded is in July at 18 °C. The country has a 66.5 km long coastline.
Tourism in Belgium
Belgium has many awe-inspiring destinations such as its dynamic cities Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Liege. Bruges with its medieval architecture is a likeable destination, which is frequented by many tourists. Both Brussels and Antwerp are busy cities, whereas Ghent is a slow and peaceful city with old world charm. Ostend is another lovely destination famous for the Belgian beach resorts.
Food in Belgium is definitely an attraction and the range extends from street foods to traditional dishes with an endless choice. Moreover, there are nice cafés to hang out and enjoy Belgian beer. In addition, cities in Belgium are also loaded with fascinating range of chocolates, castles and small breweries and so on. In fact, Belgium has more castles in every city and town than in any other country across world. Moreover, there are beautiful gardens, peaceful abbeys, historical sites, and much more.
Culture and people
The ethnicity of Belgian people is mostly Flemings and Walloons along with a small percentage of mixed and others. Dutch is the official language along with French and German. People here follow Christianity as a religion and most of the Belgians are Roman Catholics.
Trade and commerce
Industrial revolution started first in Belgium in Europe in early 19th century. In fact, Belgium was one of the most industrialized countries in the world during the phase 1830 to 1910. The present economy of Belgium is private-enterprise–based. The main export commodities of Belgium are mainly machinery and equipment, chemicals, diamonds, foodstuffs, metals etc. Export partners like Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, US, and Italy are associated with Belgium. On the other hand, import commodities of Belgium are raw materials, machinery, chemicals, diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, and oil products, which are imported from countries like Netherlands, Germany, France, UK, US, Ireland, and China.