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Map of the EU: 28 Member Countries
EU Member since 1952 (founding member)
Other Memberships NATO, Schengen Area, Eurozone, Bologna Process, OECD
Currency € (EURO)
Capital Brussels
Area 30,528 sq km
Population 10,444,268 (July 2013 est.)
Language Dutch 60%, French 40%
Religion Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%
GDP $ 46,607 (2011)
GNI $ 39,150 (2011)
SGI 7.17 out of 10 (2011)
CPI 75 out of 100 (2012)
Architecture Romanesque, Mosan Renaissance, Art Nouveau; Victor Horta, Henry van de Velde
Literature Emile Verhaeren, Maurice Maeterlinck
Music Gypsy jazz, European country , Chanson, Afro-Pop; Orlando di Lassus, Cesar Frank, Eugene Ysaye, Django Reinhardt, Bobbejaan Schoepen, Jacques Brel, Vaya con Dios, Zap Mama
Painting Pieter Bruegel, Peter Rubens, Eugene Boch, Rene Magritte
Cuisine Stoofkarbonnaden (beef stew with beer), Speculaas (ginger biscuit), Waffles, Bechamel sauce. Delicacies: Pralines
Drinks Trappist beer (Dubbel, Tripel etc.), Geuze beer (Brussels Champagne), Kriek (Fruit beer), Jenever (gin like drink)
Consumption 10.77 equivalent liters of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Soccer, Cycling, Tennis
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