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Strength Through Unity.



Population: 10,449,361 (2014), 10,444,268 (2013)
Land Area: 30,528 sq km
Natural Resources: Construction materials, silica sands, carbonates
Capital: Brussels
Political System: Federal Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Elio Di Rupo (December 6th 2011)
Languages: Dutch, French, German
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 75%, Other 25%
Major Ethnicities: Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, Mixed and Other 11%
Life Expectancy: 79.92 years (2014), 79.78 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 507.4 billion (2013), 476.8 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 421.7 billion (2013), 419.6 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 37,800 (2013), 38,100 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 0.1% (2013), -0.2% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 0.8%, Industry 22.6%, Services 76.6% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 2%, Industry 25%, Services 73% (2007)
Industries: Engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum
Agriculture Products: Sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco; beef, veal, pork, milk
Human Development Index: 0.881 (21st)(2014), 0.897 (17th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 10.04 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (2013)

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Army Size: 36 900 (2004)
Budget: 1.3% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation


Belgium is located in northwest Europe, Belgium bordered by France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. The European Union and NATO headquarters are located in Belgium. Belgium has a very advanced economy and is very industrialized. Belgium is currently in the midst of some political instability, because the coalition government has failed to remain united and if another coalition does not emerge, there will be fresh elections. (2013) Belgium like the rest of the eurozone is currently on the verge of a new recession amid efforts to curb government spending and avoid another debt crisis.

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CIA World Factbook: Belgium
The Economist: The World In 2010
Wikipedia: Belgium

Updated on: May 28, 2013