flag Belgium Belgium: Statistical Overview

Capital: Brussels


Total Population: 11,669,446
Natural Increase: 0.7%
Density: 383 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 98.2%
Population of main cities: Antwerp (529,300); Gent (264,000); Charleroi (202,800); Liege (197,300); Brussels (185,200); Schaerbeek (132,800); Anderlecht (120,900); Bruges (118,700); Namur (111,500); Leuven (102,300)
Ethnic Origins: 67.9% of Belgians are of Belgian origin, 19.7% are of foreign origin and 12.4% are non-Belgians (of these last two percentages 20.5% come from a neighboring country, 28.2% from an EU27 country and 51.3% from a non-EU27 country).

58% of the population is Flemish, 31% is Walloon and 11% from Brussels. (Statistics Belgium)

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, recognised since 1990, such as Walloon, and immigrant languages, such as Arabic, Spanish and Turkish.
Business Language(s): International negotiations are often in English, with some occurring in French.

Business is typically conducted in Flemish, French, German or even English (depending on the region).

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 monarchy.
Type of Economy: High-income economy; OECD member..
Economy dependent on foreign trade.
HDI*: 0.890/1
HDI (World Rank): 21/188

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.


Telephone Code:
To call from Belgium, dial 00
To call Belgium, dial +32
Internet Suffix: .be
Computers: 41.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 42.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 82.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20192020202120222023
Imports of Goods (million USD) 428,878397,957527,496618,868546,765
Exports of Goods (million USD) 446,910421,842549,253637,673562,439
Imports of Services (million USD) 124,500119,336134,299138,533155,668
Exports of Services (million USD) 123,667118,454135,467137,284148,315

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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