belgium - Belgium

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Belgium Location: Western Europe, bordering France 620 km, Germany 167 km, Luxembourg 148 km,  Netherlands 450 km Capital:   Brussels Climate:  temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy Population:  10,348,276 (July 2004 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11% Religions:  Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25% Government:  federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch Languages of Belgium Official Languages of Belgium are  French Dutch  and  German . Wallon is used by 33% of  population. Flemish, the local variant of Dutch, is used by more than 60% of the population,  and is spoken in the northern part of the country. The languages learned at school are officially  labelled French and Dutch. German, spoken by 1% of population can be found in the cantons  in the east of the Wallon region. Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has two official languages:  French and Dutch. Luxembourgish is spoken by around 0.5% of the population, but the  language has no official status. About 10% of the Belgian population are non-native, and  languages spoken include  Italian Spanish Greek Arabic  and  Turkish .   Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity. As such, it is therefore  difficult to give a general overview that applies to all Belgians. Each area will have its own  particularities. The three predominant cultures are: 1) in north, Flanders -  primarily Dutch,  2)in  the south, Wallonia - primarily French and 3) the northeast - primarily German  influenced. The following are brief aspects that are applicable to all areas.   Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity. As such, it is therefore 
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difficult to give a general overview that applies to all Belgians. Each area will have its own  particularities. The three predominant cultures are: 1) in north, Flanders -  primarily Dutch,  2)in  the south, Wallonia - primarily French and 3) the northeast - primarily German  influenced. The following are brief aspects that are applicable to all areas. Belgian Family Values . Family plays a central role in most Belgians' lives.  . The obligation to the family is a person's first priority.  . Many people remain in the town in which they were raised, which creates close extended  families. Appearances Matter
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