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  1. France and the benelux countries Chapter 12 Section 2

  2. France • The largest country in Western Europe • Economy • Based on agriculture and manufacturing • Most people work in the service industry: Tourism • 2nd largest food exporter in the world • The People • “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity”- Motto • Strong sense of national loyalty • French Speaking • 90% Roman Catholic

  3. Government • Known as the Fifth Republic • Elected leaders • Headed by a President who is elected for a 5 year term • 60 million people live in France • ¾ of them live cities • Paris is the capital and has a population of more than 10 million

  4. The Benelux Countries • Benelux • ‘BE’ = Belgium • ‘NE’ = Netherlands • ‘LUX’ = Luxembourg • Most of their people live in cities and enjoy a high standard of living • All are Parliamentary democracies with a Constitutional Monarchy

  5. Belgium • About the size of Maryland • Trade and Manufacturing center • Mainly Roman Catholic • Two Culture Groups • Flemings in the north speak Flemish • Walloons in the south speak French • Brussels is the capital and largest city

  6. The Netherlands • ½ the size of Maine • One of the most densely populated countries in the world • It is sometimes called Holland and the people are called the Dutch • Nearly half of this country is below sea level • Dikes and banks are built to hold back the sea • Most people work in service industries, manufacturing, and trade • 90% of the people live in cities • Capital and largest city is Amsterdam • Language is mainly Dutch but moist speak English as well • Religion is Catholic

  7. Luxembourg • S.E. of Belgium lies one of Europe’s smallest countries • About 55 miles long and 35 miles wide • Very prosperous country • Many multinational companies have their HQ here • The people are multilingual • Luxembourgian, French – law, and German – newspapers