Belgium Overview Nations // North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Political and Security Environment The Kingdom of Belgium is a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. The country achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1830. The nation's Constitution was ratified in February 1831 and was most recently amended in 1993, with the Parliament approving a constitutional package creating a federal state. While Belgium is in many respects a politically serene country, it has experienced some upheaval since gaining independence...


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