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French was introduced as the language of the political elite by feudal lords of French origin, particularly the dukes of Burgundy, who choose Brussels as their main city of residence.In the eighteenth century, French was widely adopted by the bourgeoisie, and in 1830, it was adopted as the official language.
The high numbers of Flemish names in the south and Walloon names in the north indicate long time internal mobility.
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).
The German-speaking population lives at the borders with Germany and Luxembourg.
The central and northern parts of the country are covered by a dense network of medium-size and small cities, and people may live in one city and work in another.
Around 55 percent of the population lives in Flanders, 35 percent in Wallonia, and 10 percent in Brussels.
Brussels was originally a Flemish city, but the influence of French has always been strongest here, and only a tenth of the population speak Dutch.