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Population
11,589,623
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Capital
Brussels

Independence Day
July 21 1831

Belgium National Anthem
First version (end of August 1830)
Dignes enfants de la Belgique
Qu’un beau délire a soulevé,
À votre élan patriotique
De grand succès sont réservés.
Restons armés que rien ne change !
Gardons la même volonté,
Et nous verrons refleurir l’Orange
Sur l’arbre de la Liberté.
Aux cris de meurtre et de pillage,
Des méchants s’étaient rassemblés,
Mais votre énergique courage
Loin de vous les a refoulés.
Maintenant, purs de cette fange
Qui flétrissait votre cité,
Amis, il faut greffer l’Orange
Sur l’arbre de la Liberté.
Et toi, dans qui ton peuple espère,
Nassau, consacre enfin nos droits ;
Des Belges en restant le père
Tu seras l’exemple des rois.
Abjure un ministre étrange,
Rejette un nom trop détesté,
Et tu verras mûrir l’Orange
Sur l’arbre de la Liberté.
Mais malheur, si, de l’arbitraire
Protégeant les affreux projets,
Sur nous du canon sanguinaire,
Tu venais lancer les boulets !
Alors tout est fini, tout change,
Plus de pacte, plus de traité,
Et tu verras tomber l’Orange
De l’arbre de la Liberté.

Second version (end of September 1830)

Qui l’aurait cru ? …de l’arbitraire
Consacrant les affreux projets,
Sur nous de l’airain militaire
Un prince a lancé les boulets.
C’en est fait ! Oui, Belges, tout change,
Avec Nassau plus d’indigne traité !
La mitraille a brisé l’Orange
Sur l’arbre de la Liberté.
Trop généreuse en sa colère,
La Belgique, vengeant ses droits,
D’un roi, qu’elle appelait son père,
N’implorait que de justes lois.
Mais lui dans sa fureur étrange,
Par le canon que son fils a pointé,
Au sang belge a noyé l’Orange
Sous l’arbre de la Liberté.
Fiers brabançons, peuples de braves,
Qu’on voit combattre sans fléchir,
Du sceptre honteux des Bataves,
Tes balles sauront t’affranchir.
Sur Bruxelles, au pied de l’archange,
Ton saint drapeau pour jamais est planté,
Et, fier de verdir sans l’Orange,
Croît l’arbre de la Liberté.
Et vous, objets de nobles larmes,
Braves, morts au feu des cannons,
Avant que la patrie en armes
Ait pu connaître au moins vos noms,
Sous l’humble terre où l’on vous range,
Dormez, martyrs, bataillon indompté !
Dormez en paix, loin de l’Orange,
Sous l’arbre de la Liberté.

Third version (1860)

Après des siècles et des siècles d'esclavage,
Le Belge sortant du tombeau
A reconquis par sa force et son courage
Son nom, ses droits et son drapeau.
Et ta main souveraine et fière,
Désormais, peuple indompté,
Grava sur ta vieille bannière :
Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !
Grava sur ta vieille bannière :
Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !
Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !
Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !
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Belgium National Anthem
English Translation
First version (end of August 1830) (in English)

Worthy children of Belgium
Whom a fine passion has aroused,
To your patriotic fervour
Great successes lie in store.
Remain under arms, so that naught shall change!
Let us keep to the same will,
And we shall see Orange bloom anew
Upon the tree of Liberty.

To cries of murder and pillage,
The wicked had rallied around,
But your forceful courage
Has pushed them far away.
Now, pure of this filth
That was soiling your city,
Friends, we must graft Orange
Onto the tree of Liberty.

And you, in whom your people place their hopes,
Nassau, set firm our rights at last;
Remaining the father of the Belgians,
You'll be the example of kings.
Forswear a foreign minister,
Reject a too hated name,
And you will see Orange ripen
Upon the tree of Liberty.

But woe to you if, wilfully,
Pursuing dreadful plans,
You turn on us
The bloody cannon's fire!
Then all is over, all is changing;
No more pact, no more treaty,
And you shall see Orange fall
From the tree of Liberty.

Second version (end of September 1830) (in English)

Who'd have believed it? ... wilfully
Pursuing dreadful plans,
On us, with cannon's brass,
A prince has opened fire.
It has been done! Yes, Belgians, all is changing;
No more unworthy treaty with Nassau!
Grapeshot has shattered Orange
Upon the tree of Liberty.


Too generous in her anger,
Belgium, avenging her rights,
From a king, whom she called her father,
Sought no more than just laws.
But he, in his unexpected fury,
By the cannon aimed by his son
Has drowned Orange in Belgian blood
Beneath the tree of Liberty.

O proud, brave people of Brabant,
Seen not to flinch amid the fight,
From the Batavians' shameful sceptre
Your bullets will set you free.
On Brussels, together with the archangel[3]
Your holy flag is planted for ever;
And, proud to grow green without Orange,
Grows higher the tree of Liberty.

And you, objects of noble tears,
The brave, who died under cannon fire,
Before the Fatherland, under arms,
Could know at least your names,
Beneath the humble earth where you are laid,
Sleep, martyrs, unbroken battalion!
Sleep in peace, far from Orange,
Beneath the tree of Liberty.

Third version (1860) (in English)

After century on century in slavery,
The Belgian, arising from the tomb,
Has reconquered through his strength and courage
His name, his rights and his flag.

And now, undaunted people,
Your hand, sovereign and proud,
Has inscribed on your ancient banner:

The King, and Law, and Liberty!
Inscribed on your ancient banner:
The King, and Law, and Liberty!
The King, and Law, and Liberty!
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Currency
Euro
EUR

Emergency numbers
112 (cell)
101

Languages
Dutch
French
German

Belgium Police
Agency overview : Formed 2001
Preceding agencies : Municipal police forces, Belgian Gendarmerie, Judicial police forces
Legal personality : Governmental Government agency

Operational structure
Agency executive : General Commissioner

Website : http://www.polfed-fedpol.be/

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Belgium Political parties
New Flemish Alliance
Founded 2001
Website : www.n-va.be

Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams
Founded : 1968 (CVP), 2001 (CD&V)
Website : www.cdenv.be

Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten
Founded : 1992 (VLD), 2007 (Open VLD)
Website : www.vld.be

Socialistische Partij Anders
Founded : 1978
Website : www.s-p-a.be

Groen (political party)
Founded 1982
Website: www.groen.be

Vlaams Belang
Founded 14 November 2004
Website : www.vlaamsbelang.org

Parti Socialiste (Belgium)
Founded 1978
Website : www.ps.be

Mouvement Réformateur
Founded 21 March 2002
Website : www.mr.be

Centre démocrate humaniste
Humanist Democratic Centre
Founded 1968
Website : www.lecdh.be

Ecolo
Founded : 1980
Website : www.ecolo.be

DéFI
Founded : 11 May 1964
Website : www.defi.eu

People's Party (Belgium)
Founded 26 November 2009
Website : www.partipopulaire.be

Christlich Soziale Partei (Belgium)
Founded : 1971
Website : www.csp-dg.be

ProDG (Belgium)
ProDG Pro Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft
Founded : 2001
Website : www.prodg.be

Partei für Freiheit und Fortschritt
Founded : 1961
Website : www.pff.be

Minor parties

Libertair, Direct, Democratisch/LDD
(Libertarian, Direct, Democratic)

Kommunistische Partij/KP
(Communist Party in Flanders)

Nieuwe Christen-Democraten/NCD
(New Christian Democrats)

Rood!
(Red!, socialist party)

NEE
(NO)

Religions
Roman Catholic 50%
Protestant and other Christian 2.5%
Muslim 5%
Jewish 0.4%
Buddhist 0.3%
Atheist 9.2%
None 32.6%

World Heritage sites
Flemish Béguinages
La Grand - Place , Brussels
The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs , La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut)
Belfries of Belgium and France
Historic Centre of Brugge
Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels)
Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons)
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
Plantin-Moretus House - Workshops - Museum Complex
Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Stoclet House
Major Mining Sites of Wallonia
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier , an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Nobel Laureates
Albert Claude
Auguste Marie Frangois Beernaert
Christian De Duve
Corneille Jean Frangois Heymans
Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck
Frangois Englert
Georges Pire
Henri La Fontaine
Ilya Prigogine
Institut De Droit International (Institute Of International Law)
Jules Bordet


Olympic Winners (2020)

Belgium national field hockey team
Nina Derwael
Nafissatou Thiam

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