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Belgian Genealogy Search
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Background: Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.
History: By New Year 2004 nearly 92 percent of the Belgian population were national citizens, and 5.5 percent were citizens of the rest of the initial 15 members of the European Union. Among the 'native' Belgians, roughly 60% are Flemings and 40% are Walloons/French-speakers. The prevalent foreign nationals were Italians (183,021), French (114,943), Dutch (100,700), Moroccans (81.763), Spanish (43,802), Turkish (41.336), and Germans (35,530). Most of these acquired belgian nationality. [from Wikipedia]
Population: 10,392,226 (July 2007 est.)
0-14 years: 16.5% (male 873,130/female 836,785)
15-64 years: 66.1% (male 3,467,044/female 3,406,030)
65 years and over: 17.4% (male 746,969/female 1,062,268) (2007 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%
Ethnic groups: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%
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