Belgium country map
Map of Belgium and surrounding countries. Belgium country map (Western Europe - Europe) to print. Belgium country map (Western Europe - Europe) to download. Belgium is a federal state located in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea. Belgium shares borders with France (620 km), Germany (167 km), Luxembourg (148 km) and the Netherlands (450 km) as its shown in Belgium country map. Belgium comprises the regions of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. Belgium–France relations refer to Interstate relations between the Belgium and France. Relations were established after the Independence of both nations. Both nations are great allies. Both nations have cultural similarities, both governments cooperate, and Belgium has an embassy in Paris. While France has an Embassy in Brussels. Both nations are members of NATO and the Francophonie and importantly both were founding members of the European Union.
Germany and Belgium are both members of the European Union and NATO. Also, the majority of the people in East Belgium speak German. Currently, Belgium has an embassy in Berlin and a consulate-general in Cologne, while Germany has one embassy in Brussels. Belgium has been involved in (sub)regional integration since the first half of the 20th century, first with the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union, founded in 1925, and then, since 1944, with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in the Benelux as its mentioned in Belgium country map. Belgium postwar customs union with the Netherlands and Luxembourg paved the way for the formation of the European Community (precursor to the EU), of which Belgium was a founding member.
This policy of neutrality ended after the experience of German occupation during World War I. In the years preceding World War II, Belgium tried to return to a policy of neutrality, but once again, Germany invaded the country as you can see in Belgium country map. In 1948, Belgium signed the Treaty of Brussels with the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and one year later became one of the founding members of the Atlantic Alliance.