Belgium By Kayla Keddie

Introduction

Located in western Europe, is Belgium. With 40 miles of sea coast and a population of over 10 million. Belgium is an urbanized country and it's densely populated. It has many urban cities like Brussels, the capital. The main languages in Belgium are Dutch and French. Politically, Belgium is surrounded by France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Belgium has a lot of well known foods, it is best known for its chocolate, waffles, and fries.

Population and Migration

Belgium is a country that is densely populated and very urbanized. Many people live in urban cities like Brussels. Brussels has a population of one million and Antwerp has a population of half a million. Belgium has a low population growth of around .73%. Because it has a low IMR and fertility rate, it is in stage four. There is cultural diversity in Belgium because of the 15% noncitizens that live in Belgium. The refugee status is currently over thirty thousand people, rapidly increasing since 2012. The total foreign population is over one million.

Culture

Belgium is a country that is full of culture. The official Belgium languages are French, German, and Dutch. Even though 60% of the population speaks Flemish. There are many disagreements between the northern and southern Belgians. Because of this, Belgium has been split into two regions, Flanders and Wallonia. Different areas in Belgium are influenced culturally in different ways. In the north, Flanders - primarily Dutch influenced, in the south, Wallonia - primarily French influenced and the northeast is primarily German influenced. Another way Belgium is influenced is through music. Music in Belgium has a lot of French and German influences. There are many popular genres including: jazz, classical, and hip hop. The main ethnic groups in Belgium are Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, and mixed or other 11%. The average family in Belgium has two parents and two kids. Other ways that Belgium is influenced is through political geography.

Political Geography

Some areas of Europe have been known to settle disagreements in a non peaceful way. But Belgium and the Netherlands have proven the opposite. They had a centuries-long territory conflict that they solved peacefully.

Development

Credits:

Created with images by aburak - "brussels belgium city" • tpsdave - "antwerp belgium city" • meineresterampe - "bruges belgium channel" • creyesk - "Fairy docks" • meineresterampe - "bruges belgium facade" • Ant Standring - "B" • renaissancechambara - "e" • Lamees (L.Y.S) - "*~*~*~ L ~*~*~*" • terimakasih0 - "letter g g alphabet" • blickpixel - "letters abc alphabet" • frontriver - "U" • Karen_O'D - "M"

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