Belgium or Flanders?

Belgium (in Dutch: België) is a constitutional monarchy in Western Europe with some 10 million inhabitants. Flanders (in Dutch: Vlaanderen), originally meaning “land near the sea,” refers to a geographical area in the north of Belgium that is Dutch-speaking. In the south of Belgium (a region called Wallonia), the official languages are French and German. The only officially bilingual city in Belgium is its capital Brussels. About 6 million Belgians are Dutch-speaking, 4 million are French-speaking and some 60,000 are German-speaking. Belgium is a federal state, where the regions have a substantial amount of political power. While most Dutch-speaking Belgians would like to transfer even more power from the federal state to the regions, most French-speaking Belgians are opposed to further regionalization.

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