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Country Information

Location:  Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
Geographic Coordinates:   50 50 N, 4 00 E
Area:   30,528 sq km (land: 30,278 sq km water: 250 sq km)
Climate:  Temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
Languages:  Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%, legally bilingual (Dutch and French)
Population:  10,449,361 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Brussels
Religion:  Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%
Ethnic Groups:  Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%
Independence:  4 October 1830 (a provisional government declared independence from the Netherlands)

Source:  CIA Factbook