Greetings from Oasis Belgium!

Hallo! and Bonjour! In Belgium there are two main languages - Flemish (which is like Dutch) and French. There are also some regions of Belgium where people speak German and Luxembourgish.

Oasis Belgium writes:

At the beginning of May Belgium had the highest coronavirus mortality rate.  That rate, unlike the total number of fatalities, is a measure of the number of deaths in relation to the size of population.  The PM suggested that Belgium may be over-reporting the actual number of cases.

Belgian officials say they are counting in a way that no other country in the world is currently doing: counting deaths in hospitals and care homes, but including deaths in care homes that are suspected, not confirmed, as Covid-19 cases. According to Belgium's latest official figures, out of 7,703 deaths, 53% have been in care homes. Despite all the challenges of these last two months, we have managed to get and distribute protective masks off to 70 women we assist in the framework of the Welkom project.

Let's find out more about Belgium. Where is it?

It is in Europe. It is shown here in red. Can you find out the names of the countries around it?

This will give you some clues about the countries around it and some of the things it is famous for; chocolate, lace, waffles, castles and forests. About 11 million people live there compared to about 65 million in the UK.

If you would like to learn some Flemish, try out this clip:

You can find out a lot more about Belgium by looking at this page by National Geographic here.

Or watch the clip below to hear some French and see how Belgians make their delicious chocolates:

Look out for Belgian chocolate in the shops! Or have a go at some of these chocolatey recipes for children over the summer:

Goeije 'n avend, au revoir,


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