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Belgium is a highly industrialized,relatively small country in north-west Europe with a short coastline on the North Sea.The Meuse river divides Belgium into two distinct geographical regions.To the north of the river the land slopes continuously for 150 km/93 miles until it reaches the North Sea where the coast lands are flat and grassy.To the south of the river is the forested plateau area of the Ardennes.Between these two regions lies the Meuse valley.Belgium is a densely populated country with few natural resources.Agriculture,which uses about 45% of the land for cultivation or rearing of livestock,employs only 3% of the workforce.About one fifth of the country is covered with forests with the wooded areas mainly used for recreation.The metal-working industry, originally based on the small mineral deposits in the Ardennes,is the most important industry,and in the northern cities new textile industries are producing carpets and clothing.Nearly all raw materials are now imported through the main port of Antwerp.There are three officially-recognized languages in Belgium- Dutch,French and German.

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Geographic coordinates: 50 50 N, 4 00 Area: 30,528 sq km

Coastline: 66.5 km

Climate: temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy

Population: 10,414,336

Ethnic groups: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

Religions: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%

Languages: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)

Capital city: Brussels

National holiday: 21 July (1831) ascension to the Throne of King LEOPOLD I

Internet country code: .be

International Country Calling Code: 32

Currency: euro (EUR)

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