Why Belgium Is Actually Two Countries

Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1790–1865), later King Leopold I of Belgium (1831–1865). Photo attribution: public domain

A Belgian history lesson

The birth of Belgium’s modern federal system

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The Regions of Belgium. Yellow = Flanders. Red = Wallonia. Orange = Brussels. Blue = German speaking area. Attribution: Jules Rohault under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Belgium has a lot of governments

Government deadlock over the years

The 2007 elections

At a demonstration in Brussels on November 18, 2007, over 35,000 people from all over Wallonia, Flanders, and Brussels walked in support of Belgian unity and an end to the government deadlock. Photo by Didier Mason shared under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

The 2010 elections

The 2018 crisis and 2019 elections

Looking forward

Unity on Belgium’s National Day?



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Courtney Withrow

Courtney Withrow

Writer and Blogger. International Relations, Travel, Culture. Based in Brussels, Belgium.