Belgium National Flag

Dec 1st, 2018


Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a county located in Western Europe that consists of 11,787 square miles. Its capital is located in the city of Brussels. Belgium seceded from the Netherlands in 1830 following the Belgian Revolution and declared itself an independent country. That status was not recognized until 1839 when Europe and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Separation.


The official national flag of Belgium was adopted in 1831. The flag design was based on a similar flag that was raised in 1789-1790 during the Brabant Revolution to replace the flag of France. That revolution resulted in the United States of Belgium. After the Belgian Revolution, authorities changed the tricolor bands of red, yellow and black, to black, yellow, and red and positioned them in a vertical, rather than the original horizontal, position. It is believed that was a result of making changes to the Belgium flag could be differentiated from the Dutch flag.


Although the meanings behind the colors used are not known, it is believed by some that the colors were chosen because they are the same colors used in the Belgium Coat of Arms. To the citizens of Belgium, the flag represents its struggle for freedom and independence from the Netherlands.


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