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flag Belgium Belgium: Introduction

Capital: Brussels

Population

Total Population: 11,195,138
Natural Increase: 0.6%
Density: 370 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 97.8%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Brussels (1,740,000); Antwerp (948,000); Gent (233,000); Bruges (117,000).
Ethnic Origins: Around 10 % are foreigners in Belgium: 68% from EU, 10% from Morocco, 5% from Turkey and 17% from other countries.
58% of the population is Flemish, 31% is Walloon, 11% Brussels.
Official Language: Dutch, French and German. In Belgium, 5.6 million people speak Dutch, 3.5 million speak French and about 50,000 people speak German.
Other Languages Spoken: Indigenous languages, recognized since 1990, such as Walloon, and immigrant languages, such as Arabic, Spanish and Turkish.
Business Language(s): French, German or English (common business language with Flemish people).
Religion: Catholics 95.9%, Others 4.1%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Brussels

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Euro (EUR)


Country Overview

Area: 30,530 km²
Type of State: Belgium is a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member.
An economy dependent on foreign trade.
HDI*: 0.881/1
HDI (World Rank): 21/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telecommunication

Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Belgium, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Belgium, Dial +32
Internet Suffix: .be
Computers: 41.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 42.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 81.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

 
Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 351,944393,275466,625439,129450,298
Exports of Goods (million USD) 369,845408,745476,110446,529468,818
Imports of Services (million USD) 72,82381,74388,59591,29696,038
Exports of Services (million USD) 79,47390,95296,12599,521101,459

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

 
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