Belgium (i/ˈbɛldʒəm/; Dutch:België[ˈbɛlɣijə]; French:Belgique[bɛlʒik]; German:Belgien[ˈbɛlɡiən]), officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts several of the EU's official seats and as well as the headquarters of many major international organizations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787sqmi) and has a population of about 11million people.
Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany.
Belgian wine is produced in several parts of Belgium and production, although still modest at 1,400 hectoliters in 2004, has expanded in recent decades.
Belgian wine first appeared in the Middle Ages, around the 9th century. It is unlikely that wine was made in the area now known as Belgium before that, since the climate was not suitable and Gaul was covered with thick forests. However, there are mentions of Paris vineyards in the 4th century. From that time, vine cultivation spread northward and in the 8th century the banks of the Rhine were covered with vineyards. The first attempts at viniculture in Belgium were made around the same time. Moreover, the vineyards were already well established in Amay. The vineyard at Vivegnis, in the north of the province of Liège, was already considered old in the 9th century, as well as the vineyard at Huy, which belonged in part to the Bishop of Liège. The edges of the Meuse River were intensively cultivated because they offered well-exposed hillsides.
HALLE, Belgium — There is no stopping flowers when they bloom, blossoms when they burst ... Normally, more than 100,000 visitors spread over three weekends come to gaze at Halle’s fields of purple ... Bluebells, also known as wild Hyacinth, bloom Tuesday on the forest floor of the Hallerbos in Halle, Belgium.
On Friday afternoon, the phone rang in the hotel room Philomena Meredith had come to regard as her prison ... Her bags were packed and she was ready to leave ... Last weekend, it added the US and five EU countries — Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy and France — to its quarantine red list, based on Covid case rates and outbreaks of new variants ... .
ANTWERP, Belgium -- One year into the pandemic, just about everyone's travel experience has changed ... To disconnect from the internet and to reconnect with each other, nature and a simpler life," said Kim Devos, from Erpe, Belgium, who recently booked a weekend with her partner, Guy De Deyn.
Before linking up with the Ireland squad for the games against the Danes and then Belgium away on Sunday, Carusa had enjoyed a memorable weekend, much like her international colleague Niamh Farrelly ...Watch the Republic of Ireland's friendlies v Denmark (Thursday 6.30pm) and Belgium (Sunday 6.30pm) live on the RTÉ Player .
Priests filled empty pews with photos of their congregants. Others held drive-by services ... [CORONAVIRUS ... But PresidentEmmanuel Macron said the restrictions would be less strictly enforced over Easter weekend. Belgium has barred nonessential travel from outside the country, though it has allowed movement to continue within ... .
By MiriamBerger... Priests filled empty pews with photos of their congregants ... Peter'sSquare empty of worshipers ... curfew ... Yet PresidentEmmanuel Macron said the restrictions would be less strictly enforced over the Easter weekend. Belgium has barred nonessential travel from outside the country, though it has allowed movement to continue within ... .
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — One year into the pandemic, just about everyone’s travel experience has changed ...Don’t stay in the shower too long, it might get cold ... To disconnect from the internet and to reconnect with each other, nature and a simpler life,” said Kim Devos, from Erpe, Belgium, who recently booked a weekend with her partner, Guy De Deyn ... .
France deaths. Belgium was one of several European countries to join France in imposing tighter restrictions. From this weekend the government in Brussels said schools would be closed, borders kept closed, there would be limited access to non-essential shops and it lowered the number of people able to meet outdoors to four. Le Maire said ... France cases.
... of Belgium's Covid-19 lockdown, an event that began as an April Fool's joke on Facebook ... Belgium entered a third Covid-19 lockdown last weekend, with groups limited to four people meeting outside, but this week's sunny weather had already brought thousands out to the park.
Police said that three officers were wounded, one of whom was taken to hospital, and four people were arrested ...Belgium last weekend imposed tighter restrictions aimed at curbing surging Covid infection numbers. ... .
The SlowCabin, a concept of Antwerp entrepreneur Xavier Leclair, offers short showers, no WiFi and even less ... UPDATED ON APR 01, 2021 01.20 PM IST ... ALSO SEE ... To disconnect from the internet and to reconnect with each other, nature and a simpler life,” said Kim Devos, from Erpe, Belgium, who recently booked a weekend with her partner, Guy De Deyn.
England played very well last week against San Marino, for 45 minutes, and were efficient if not exactly effervescent against Albania at the weekend. Nothing to worry about there, although exactly how much use it is to anyone in a world where Belgium’s second string are capable of ...