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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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Military

Military branches
Belgian Armed Forces: Land Operations Command, Naval Operations Command, Air Operations Commands (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; conscription abolished in 1994 (2012)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 2,359,232
Females age 16-49 2,291,689 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 1,934,957
Females age 16-49 1,877,268 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 59,665
Female 57,142 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 113
1.3% of GDP (2005 est.)


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Belgium (Brussels):


GPS points from Belgium (Brussels)

Donstiennes Hainaut

Houssiere Hainaut

Mabroek Walloon Region

Halensbroek Flanders


Gulpen Walloon Region

Moeres West-vlaanderen

Roerberg Liege




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