Belgium-- School-age

Belgium

Belgium Flag Map

Kingdom of Belgium
Koninkrijk België (Dutch)
Royaume de Belgique (French)

Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. Head of State: King Albert II

Capital: Brussels is home to both the European Union and NATO

Belgium Map

Belgium is located in north-western Europe. It is surrounded by the Netherlands, the North Sea, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. There is a coastline with beaches on the western side of Belgium. The rest of Belgium is completely landlocked.

Belgium World Map

History

Belgium is a small country that is rich in history, art, architecture, , and chocolate.

Famous Belgian architects: Victor Horta and Henry van de Velde.

History of Belgium

In Flanders Fields Poem First published in December, 1915. Within months, this poem came to symbolize the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War. Today, the poem continues to be a part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and other countries

Animals

The bloodhound is said to be the keenest of all tracking dogs, with ancestry that can be traced to eighth century Belgium.

Belgium Giant Rabbit

The Flemish Giant Rabbit is one of the largest breeds of domestic rabbits, weighing weigh 10 pounds to 20 pounds.

Climate

Belgium has temperate weather, warm in summer (May to September) and cool to cold in winter, with snow very likely.

Land

There are three very different regions in Belgium:

Flanders in the north, is a flatland criss-crossed by canals, where the language is Dutch. There are great art cities in the north; Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent.

Provinces of Belgium

Wallonia in the south, is rolling hills of the Ardennes, where the language is French. There are numerous castles, and the cities of Liege, Namur, Tournai, and Waterloo. Centrally located is the capital Brussels, a great cosmopolitan city which is officially bilingual.

Centrally located is the Brussels Capital Region. The capital Brussels ia a cosmopolitan city that is officially bilingual. All official documents must be published in French and a version of Dutch (Flemish).

Poppy color page

Artist

Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford) is the creator of the Smurfs.

The Smurfs website (online games, color pages, and more).

Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Flemish artist who greatly admired flower paintings.

Gentian color page

Geranium color page

Music

Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone.

Sites to See

Make

Build a Medieval Castle
Build your own medieval castle, complete with towers, gatehouse and keep.

Fun Facts

The Atomium
In Brussels is a very famous monument the Atomium, that was built for the World Expo in 1958.

Recommended Book

Redouté Flowers Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)
by Charlene Tarbox

A colouring book with botanical illustrations by Pierre-Joseph Redoute noted for their beauty and scientific accuracy. The book containsfull color illustrations of the flowers on the inside front and back covers.

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