History & Timeline of Belgium

Historical Overview & Timeline of Key Events

Updated: 5 September 2016.

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

1425

University of Leuven Founded

Pope Martin V founds University by issuing papal bull.

1830 CE

Declares Independence from Netherlands

1958

Benelux Economic Union Formed

Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

1960

Grants Independence to Democratic Republic of the Congo

1962

Grants Independence to Ruanda-Urundi

Ruanda-Urundi becomes the two nations Rwanda and Burundi.

1992

Ratified Maastricht Treaty on EU

2002

Belgian Begins Using Euro

Franc replaced by euro currency.

2007

Governmental Woes, Part I

Belgian goes without government for 100 days.

2011

Governmental Woes, Part II

And again: 541 days without a government.

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Key Cities & Regions

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Ghent

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