History: Belgium (in NW Europe on North Sea) named after the Belgae, people of ancient Gaul who crossed the Rhine about the 6th century B.C., has had a turbulent history. It became an independent monarchy in 1830. During both the World Wars it was occupied by Germany but freed itself by the end of those
wars, Belgium became a Federal State in February, 1993. Languages difference has been a source of unpleasantness. Transferring power from the central govt. to three regions - Wallouia, Flanders and Brussels- has been taken up by parliament.
Belgium is the most densely populated country in Europe. Although it is essentially a glass manufacturing country, agriculture and forestry are also very important.
The Main Crops:Oats, rye, wheat, potatoes, barley and sugar beets.
Natural Resource: Coal is the country's only important mineral.
Principal industries: Steel and metal products, textiles, glass fertilizer, sugar, heavy chemicals etc., About 50% of the country's total production is exported. Antwerp is the world's 4th largest port and also the world's biggest diamond-trading centre.
The European Community has its head-quarters in Brussels. There are international airports at Brussels and Antwerp.
Mission In India :
Royal Embassy of Belgium
50-N ,Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi -110 021
Tel: 26889851. Telefax: 26885821.
Indian Mission In Belgium:
Embassy of India
2170Chaussee de Vleurgat
1050 , Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 00-32-2-6409928. Fax: 00-32-2-6489638