Although the International borders of the Benelux
Countries have hardly changed since 1919, the map of 2005 looks very different
from the 1919 map. In Belgium in the 1990ís a Federal State has been erected.
This rather complicated arrangement foresees in a Federal Government and three
territorial State Governments, of Flanders, Wallonia and the Bruxelles Capital
District. Besides those there are three Community Governments that do not have
a territory but rule matters pertaining the Dutch Language Community, the French
Language Community and the German Language Community.
three territorial divisions are marked by a grey dotted line on the map. A
yellow dotted line depicts the Eastern Cantons of the Province of Liege, in
which German is spoken. These are however territorially a part of Wallonia.
Netherlands have expanded into the sea. They wrenched from the sea an entire
new Province, Flevoland.