Belgium



a kingdom in W Europe, bordering the North Sea, N of France. 11,779 sq. mi. (30,508 sq. km).
Capital: Brussels.
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Historical Examples

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846 Various
Belgium Emile Cammaerts
A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents James D. Richardson
Belgium Emile Cammaerts
The History of London Walter Besant

noun
a federal kingdom in NW Europe: at various times under the rulers of Burgundy, Spain, Austria, France, and the Netherlands before becoming an independent kingdom in 1830. It formed the Benelux customs union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1948 and and was a founder member of the Common Market, now the European Union. It consists chiefly of a low-lying region of sand, woods, and heath (the Campine) in the north and west, and a fertile undulating central plain rising to the Ardennes Mountains in the southeast. Languages: French, Flemish (Dutch), German. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Brussels. Pop: 10 444 268 (2013 est). Area: 30 513 sq km (11 778 sq miles)

Note: Headquarters for the EU and for NATO.

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