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A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Belgium
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
European Union - Belgium
The EU is a international union comprised of 27 member states.
- CORDIS - Belgium
Member state site for the European Union's CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service for Science, Research and Development).
- EUbusiness - Belgium
Country profile, business guides, and business news from EUbusiness (an independent online business information service about the European Union).
- European Judicial Network - Belgium
Information on how to obtain justice in civil and commercial matters.
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.
Human Development Report on Belgium
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Belgium
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
IEA - Belgium
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
ITC - Belgium
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
OECD - Belgium
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
OHCHR - Belgium
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
UNdata Country Profile - Belgium
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
UNESCO Worldwide - Belgium
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
- UNESCO Communication & Information - Belgium
Country profile, news and links to related projects and web sites.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Belgium
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
UNESCO World Heritage - Belgium
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Belgium
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Commercial Service - Belgium
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - Belgium
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Belgium
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
- La Chambre/De Kamer (in Dutch and French only)
House of Representatives
- Belgian Senate (limited English content; site in Dutch and French)
- International Area Studies Europe CU
Collection of databases from the University of Colorado covering Europe.
- International Area Studies General CU
Collection of general databases from the University of Colorado covering international issues.
- International Area Studies Statistics CU
Collection of international statistics databases from the University of Colorado.
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Belgium" as the search term.
- National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually 20-40 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Belgium" as the search term.
Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Belgium.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.
Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Belgium" as the search terms.
Free database provides access to European Union treaties, legislation, case-law, parliamentary questions, legislative proposals, the Official Journal of the European Union, and the European Court Reports.
Statistical data and publications from the European Commission.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."
Human Rights Watch - Belgium
News and reports related to human rights.
LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.
UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Belgium
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Belgium.
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.
Databases of national health statistics and other data on the health situation in European countries.
Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Diplomatic representation of Belgium in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Brussels, Belgium
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Belgium.
European Commission Representation in Belgium (no English content, in French, Dutch and German)
Country site for the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union.
IMF - Belgium
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
ReliefWeb - Belgium
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Belgium from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Belgium
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
U.S. Department of State - Belgium
U.S.-Belgium relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
- Background Note - Belgium
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank data, projects, and research.
World Trade Organization - Belgium
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
WHO (World Health Organization)
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies."
- 2000: Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium)
- 1999: Legality of Use of Force (Serbia and Montenegro v. Belgium)
- 1962: Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgium v. Spain)(New Application: 1962)
- 1957: Sovereignty over Certain Frontier Land (Belgium/Netherlands)
The OSCE is responsible for post-conflict elections, human rights and regional military stabilization. There are 56 participating states (including Belgium).
Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:
|Electronic Resources||Print and Electronic Resources|
|belgium and econom*||belgium and econom*|
|belgium and histor*||belgium and histor*|
|belgium and politic*||belgium and politic*|
(government publications only)
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.
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