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Strength Through Unity.

 

General


Population: 10,431,477 (2011)
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 (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: 79.51 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 461.3 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 396.9 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 37,900 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 2.1% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 0.7%, Industry 22.1%, Services 77.2% (2010)
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: 0.886 (18th)
Tourism Revenue: 10.04 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (2010)

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

Current Situation

 

Belgium is located in northwest Europe, it 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 elections.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: Belgium
The Economist: The World In 2010
Wikipedia: Belgium
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/BEL.html

Updated on: December 2, 2011