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The presence of important Francophone minorities in some parts of Flanders has been the source of political conflicts and led in the 1980s to the resignation of several central governments. Political symbolism differs with the region and the sociopolitical environment.The strongest national symbols are the Monarchy and the national soccer team.The national anthem, the Brabançonne , is not taught in schools and not widely known.The original song, written during the revolution of 1830, exalted the revolt against the "arbitrary" power of the Dutch king.
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.
The language spoken in Flanders is Dutch, which is commonly called Flemish.
The Taalunie, an official institution, guarantees the international unity of the Dutch language.
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).