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Countries of the World: Belgium
Resources about Belgium including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Belgium GDP (PPP, 2009): $321 billion. Annual real growth rate (2009): -1.5%. Per capita income (PPP, 2009): $30,100. Natural resources: Coal. Agriculture: (1% of GDP) Products--livestock, including dairy cattle, grain, sugarbeets, milk, tobacco, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables. Industry: (24.3% of GDP) Types--engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum Trade: Exports (2009)--$250 billion: transportation equipment, diamonds, metals and metal products, foodstuffs, chemicals. Export partners: Germany 19.5%, France 16.7%, Netherlands 11.9%, U.K. 7.6%, U.S. 5.7%, Italy 5.2%. Imports (2009)-- $253.4 billion: Machinery and equipment, chemicals, diamonds, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, transportation equipment, oil products. Import partners (2009): Germany 17.7%, Netherlands 17.6%, France 11.2%, U.K. 6.2%, U.S. 5.4%, Ireland 4.9%, China 4.1%.

Geography of Belgium Area: 32,547 square kilometers (12,566 sq. mi.), about the size of Maryland. Cities: Capital--Brussels (pop. 1,031,215). Other cities-- Antwerp (466,203); Ghent (235,143); Charleroi (201,550); Liege (188,907); Bruges (116,982); and Namur (107,653).

Government of Belgium Type: Parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch. Independence: 1830. Constitution: 1994 (revised). Branches: Executive--King (head of state), Prime Minister (head of government), Council of Ministers (cabinet). Legislative--bicameral parliament (Senate and House of Representatives). Major political parties: Christian Democratic, Liberal, Socialist, Green, Flemish Nationalists, Vlaams Belang (Flemish extreme right). Suffrage: Over 18, compulsory. Political subdivisions: Ten provinces, three regions, three communities, 589 municipalities.

Map of Belgium This Map of Belgium shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Brussels the capital of Belgium. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Belgium The Official Name of Belgium is the Kingdom of Belgium. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Belgium Population (2009): 10,666,866. Annual population growth rate (2009): 0.094%. Density: 861 per sq. mi. Linguistic regions--(Dutch-speaking) Flanders 57.9%; (French-speaking) Wallonia 31.7%; (legally bilingual) Brussels Capital Region 9.7%; German-speaking 0.7%. Religions: Predominantly Roman Catholic, with Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Anglican, Greek and Russian Orthodox, as well as secularism, "recognized" religions receiving government subsidies. Languages: Dutch, French, German. Education: Literacy--99%.

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