There are many enthusiastic bridge players in the beautiful country of Belgium, officially designated as the Kingdom of Belgium, with Philippe Léopold Louis Marie, born April 15, 1960, and who ascended the throne on July 21, 2013. The history of the country is rather complex.For example, the name Belgium is derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that before Roman invasion in 100 BC, was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic peoples.

A gradual immigration by Germanic Frankish tribes during the 5th century brought the area under the rule of the Merovingian kings. A gradual shift of power during the 8th century led the kingdom of the Franks to evolve into the Carolingian Empire. Then came the sport of the game of bridge in the late 1920s.

 
 

België (Frans: Belgique, Duits: Belgien), officieel het Koninkrijk België, is een West-Europese of Noord-west-Europese staat begrensd door de Noordzee in het westen, Nederland in het noorden, Duitsland in het oosten, Luxemburg in het zuidoosten en Frankrijk in het zuiden. België bestaat uit drie Gemeenschappen: de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, de Franse Gemeenschap en de Duitstalige Gemeenschap. België is verdeeld in drie Gewesten: het Vlaams Gewest, het Waals Gewest en het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest.
De hoofdstad Brussel is tegelijk ook de hoofdstad van Vlaanderen en het bestuurlijk centrum van de Europese Unie. De naam Belgae werd voor het eerst vermeld door Julius Caesar, maar de staat België werd pas in 1830 onafhankelijk van Nederland.

The name Belgium is derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic peoples. Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states. From the end of the Middle Ages until the seventeenth century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. From the sixteenth century until the Belgian revolution in 1830, many battles between European powers were fought in the area of Belgium, causing it to be dubbed the battlefield of Europe, a reputation strengthened by both World Wars. Upon gaining its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution, generating wealth and also a demand for raw materials.

Belgium is the official designation for the country itself. Belgian is a native or inhabitant of the country of Belgium. The designation belgian is also used to define of or relating to Belgium or its people or culture or products, such as belgian beer, which comprises the most varied and numerous collection of high-quality beers in the world, and varies from the popular pale lager to the esoteric appeal of lambic beer and Flemish red. Belgian beer-brewing's origins go back to the Middle Ages, when monasteries began producing beers. Belgian beer production was assisted by the 1919 Belgian Vandervelde Act, that prohibited the sale of spirits in pubs, inducing the market to produce beers with a higher level of alcohol. The Vandervelde Act was lifted in 1983.

Both the Dutch language spoken in Belgium and the Belgian French language have minor differences in vocabulary and semantic nuances from the varieties spoken in the Netherlands and France. Many Flemish people still speak dialects of Dutch in their local environment. Walloon, once the main regional language of Wallonia, is now only understood and spoken occasionally, mostly by elderly people. Its dialects, along with those of Picard, are not used in public life.

As no census exists, there are no official statistics on Belgium's three official languages or their dialects. Various criteria, including the language(s) of parents, of education, or the second-language status of foreign born, may affect suggested figures. An estimated 59%[50] of the Belgian population speaks Dutch (often referred to as Flemish), and French is spoken by 40%. Total Dutch speakers are 6.23 million, concentrated in the northern Flanders region, while French speakers comprise 3.32 million in Wallonia and an estimated 0.87 million or 85% of the officially bilingual Brussels-Capital Region.[51][52] The German-speaking Community is made up of 73,000 people in the east of the Walloon Region; around 10,000 German and 60,000 Belgian nationals are speakers of German. Roughly 23,000 more of German speakers live in municipalities near the official Community.

The citizens of Belgium play bridge and are also represented on the Internet. We include the bridge players and their Websites below and hope that many bridge players from other countries visit this beautiful country and contact the bridge players in Belgium. We would appreciate it if our visitors recommend other sites, which we may not have included here.

 

Royal Belgian Bridge Federation
On this website the visitor can select one of four languages: The Netherlands (Dutch), English, Français (French), or Deutsch (German). The game of bridge in Belgium is overseen by three closely collaberating organisations.

The Belgische Bridge Federatie - Fédération Belge de Bridge (BBF-FBB): Belgian Bridge Federation

The Vlaamse Bridge Liga (VBL):( English: Flemish Bridge League)

The Ligue des cercles de Bridge de la Communauté Culturelle Française (LBF): (English: League of Bridge Clubs of the French Cultural Community)

Youth Bridge Belgium: https://sites.google.com/site/youthbridgebelgium/AboutUsContact

 

List of all Bridge Clubs in Belgium
Bridge Players traveling to the country of Belgium should first check this list to find any bridge club near their destination.

Vlaamse Bridge Liga
This website provides all the pertinent information regarding the schedule of bridge events in Belgium and the location of many bridge clubs and districts in the country. The contents of the website are in the native language, but the casual visitor will be able to understand. Some of the Clubs and District are listed below with the corresponding links:

Koninklijke Academie Union-Sandeman

Bridge Club Aarschot

Bridgeclub 't Begijntje Leuven

Bridgeclub Bierbeek

Bridgeclub Pieterman

Bridge Club Westrand

Essense Bridge Club

Bridge Start

Ligue de Bridge de la Communauté française de Belgique
This Website includes also all pertinent information regarding the game of bridge in Belgium. It is also in the native language, but the visitor will be able to navigate the Website for information. There are also several links to other Belgium bridge clubs, which we have included. The Webmaster has provided several of the links below with the identical URL address. The visitor should then return to the Ligue de Bridge site and access them from there.

Cercle Royal Liegeois de Bridge

Cercle de Bridge Chaudfontaine

Cercle de Bridge de Fayenbois

Huy - Espace - Bridge

Cercle de Bridge de Jemeppe

Cercle de Bridge du Perron

Cercle de Bridge de Huy - Pontia

Cercle de Bridge du RTCL

Cercle de Bridge du L'UMA

Cercle de Bridge de Verviers

Cercle de Bridge de Waremme

UMA Club de Bridge

 

 


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