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Around 55 percent of the population lives in Flanders, 35 percent in Wallonia, and 10 percent in Brussels.The nation's cultural diversity has been enriched by international and local immigration.After the 1830 revolution and the establishment of an independent kingdom, Belgium became the official name of the country. The country is located at the western end of the northern European plain, covering an area of 11,780 square miles (30,510 square kilometers); the neighboring states are France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Netherlands.The two main rivers are the Schelde and the Meuse, both of which begin in France and flow toward the Netherlands. Flanders (northern part of the country) is less hilly than Wallonia (southern part).The Flemish national day celebrates the victory of the Flemish militias over the royal French army at the Battle of the Golden Spurs, named after the trophies collected from slain French knights.
French is still spoken in Flanders by some people in the upper and upper middle classes as well as along the linguistic border and around Brussels.
Gallia Belgica was the Romans' name for the northern part of Gaul, the northern limit of their empire.
In early modern times, the name was used as an erudite synonym for the Low Countries.
It was adopted as the Flemish movement's anthem in 1900 and became the official anthem of the Flemish community in 1973.
Other strong Flemish symbols are the National Song Feast (ANZ) held annually in Antwerp since the early 1930s, in which Flemish songs are mixed with modern expressions of culture.
In the eighteenth century, French was widely adopted by the bourgeoisie, and in 1830, it was adopted as the official language.