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Belgium's Families

Belgium's families
WilfriedDumon

Introduction

Belgium often is compared with the saxophone, which was created by Belgian musician Adolphe Sax in 1846, 13 years after the creation of the country. The saxophone is characterized by its complexity; it is difficult to play, but, if handled well, has a pleasing sound. Belgium (population about 10 million) is a federal state composed of three language communities: Dutch speaking, French speaking, and German speaking. In the Belgian vocabulary, they are referred to as the communities, each headed by a (cultural) government that handles cultural matters and education as well as issues concerning welfare—including family welfare and health. This cultural division is paralleled by a partitioning of the country into three regions: Flanders (northern part), Wallonia (southern part), and Brussels (central ...

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