MyLifeElsewhere is a collaborative site that allows you to compare and contrast the country you live in ( United States) with other countries around the world. We'll show you various statistics that differentiate your country from others, including cost of living, geographic size, and more. If you had been born in another country, what would your life have been like? Learn More
Belgium is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 30,528 sq km. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.