Belgium, which is referred to as the Kingdom of Belgium in official circles, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. The independent country is one of the founding members of the European Union (EU) and hosts the EU’s headquarters as well as those of several other major international organizations such as NATO.
Belgium has a population, as of 2012, of about 11 million inhabitants. A recent independent report showed that a majority of the population adheres to some form of Christianity: nearly 60%of the Belgian population self identifies as Roman Catholic, and another 2% of the population self identifies as either Protestant or Orthodox.
Belgian culture is a potent combination of world-renowned art, gastronomical delights (chocolates and beer), baroque architecture and iconic literature.
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