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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.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 31
4.631 million (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 60
12.541 million (2011)

Telephone system
General assessment
Highly developed, technologically advanced, and completely automated domestic and international telephone and telegraph facilities
Domestic
Nationwide mobile-cellular telephone system; extensive cable network; limited microwave radio relay network
International
Country code - 32; landing point for a number of submarine cables that provide links to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; satellite earth stations - 7 (Intelsat - 3) (2007)

Broadcast media
A segmented market with the three major communities (Flemish, French, and German-speaking) each having responsibility for their own broadcast media; multiple TV channels exist for each community; additionally, in excess of 90% of households are connected to cable and can access broadcasts of TV stations from neighboring countries; each community has a public radio network co-existing with private broadcasters (2007)

Internet country code
.be

Internet hosts World Ranking: 20
5.18 million (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 36
8.113 million (2009)


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  Belgium (Brussels):


  GPS points from Belgium (Brussels)

Vrylegem Walloon Region

Wulveringhem West-vlaanderen

Laherie Luxembourg

Bossuit Flanders

Saint-julien Flanders

Vliegendpaard Flanders

Ouden Doel Oost-vlaanderen

Hoenkrik Limburg




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