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- Stats for Belgium
Ongoing tension exists between Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index- 21st; Internet Access- 84.72% (20th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Flemish (54.4%, mostly in north and west); Walloon (31.1% mainly in south and east); Other European (7.7%); Arabic-speaking (2.7%, mostly North African); Turk (0.5%); Also, large numbers of Sub-Saharan Africans, and Latin Americans.
Flemish, French, German
Strong economy with highly skilled workforce; Headquarters of NATO and European Union.
History / Politics
Became nation in 1830 as constitutional monarchy; Deeply divided by language regions. Politically unstable from many failed attempts at a national coalition government. Nation stretches across the Latin world and the Germanic world. Regions are divided as economy, politics, religions, and worldviews differ significantly.
Atheists and non-religious now make up 31% of society. Half of the nation considers themselves Catholic, but only 7% attend Mass. Until 1960, Catholics were discouraged from reading the Bible. In 2006, a new translation was completed, and Catholics were encouraged to read it. Evangelicals are united, but are still only 1.2% of the population. Belgium is very needy spiritually and needs a revival.
Pray that the affluence of society would not seduce people away from the Gospel. Pray that true Believers can help reduce national stress and unite the country. Pray that Catholics will read the new Bible and will deepen their faith.