Belgium – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name: Belgium 

Nationality
       
noun: Belgian(s)

        adjective: Belgian

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Area
          total: 30,528 sq km        land: 30,278 sq km        water: 250 sq km

Population: 10,364,388 (July 2005 est.)


Ethnic groups:
Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

Capital: Brussels, population 960,000  


Largest Cities
         Antwerp – 445,000        Gent – 230,000        Brugge – 116,000

Official Language

        Dutch (official) 60%         French (official) 40%         German (official) less than 1%         (legally bilingual (Dutch and French)) 


Religion
 

        Roman Catholic 75%        Protestant or other 25%


Political system:
federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch


GDP:
purchasing power parity – $316.2 billion (2004 est.) 

GDP per head:
purchasing power parity – $30,600 (2004 est.) 

Annual growth:
 2.6% (2004 est.) 

GDP composition by sector
        agriculture: 1.3%        industry: 25.7%        services: 73% (2004 est.)


Inflation:
1.9% (2004 est.)

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