Kingdom of Belgium is located in the west of the European Continent, with a population of 10,438,353, making it the 82nd
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Brussels with a total population of 1,119,088. The country
encompasses 30,528 square kilometers making it the 141st largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France and the North Sea.
King Albert II is recognized as the Chief of State and, along with Heir Apparent Prince Philippe, achieves that status through
heredity and holds that position for life or abdication. Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is recognized as the Head of Government
and, along with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, achieves that status following legislative elections when the leader
of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the monarch and then
approved by parliament. Its form of government is a federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy and
they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 7th of February 1831.
The languages commonly or officially spoken are Dutch, French and German. It counts among its major religions Roman
Catholic and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 7 AM, 79 FM, 1 Short Wave and 25 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Signal de Botrange, its highest point at 694 meters and the North Sea, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterway is Meuse River, which measures 2,043 meters.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are engineering and metal products, motor
vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals,
textiles, glass and petroleum. Its official currency is the Euro.
Here’s something you may not know about Belgium. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was
occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
|Grand Place in
capital and largest city
|Ducks waddling along
road leading past The
|Signal de Botrange-
Belgium's highest point
|Belgian band in
performing in China
Updated 05 February 2013
|Adult Prevalence Rate:
People Living with HIV/AIDS:
0.2% (2009 est.)
less then 100
|Belgium's border with
|De Panne on the North
northernmost point on
the border with The
point on the border
southernmost point on
the border with France
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