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Country name:

conventional long form: Kingdom of Belgium
conventional short form: Belgium
local long form: Royaume de Belgique/Koninkrijk Belgie
local short form: Belgique/Belgie
 

 

Capital:

Brussels

 

Location:

Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands

 

Area:

total: 30,528 sq km

land: 30,278 sq km

water: 250 sq km

 

Population:

 

10,414,336 (July 2009 est.) 0-14 years: 16.1% (male 857,373/female 822,303) 15-64 years: 66.3% (male 3,480,072/female 3,419,721) 65 years and over: 17.6% (male 760,390/female 1,074,477) (2009 est.)
 

Map of Belgium

Languages:

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

 

Climate:

temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy Belgium www.meteo.be

 

Economy- Overview:

 

Industries:

engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum
 

 

Exports - commodities:

machinery and equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, foodstuffs $371.5 billion (2008 est.) Exports - partners: Germany 19.9%, France 17.4%, Netherlands 12.2%, UK 7.2%, US 4.8%, Italy 4.7% (2008)
 

 

Imports - commodities:

$387.7 billion (2008 est.) machinery and equipment, chemicals, diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, oil products Imports - partners: Netherlands 19.5%, Germany 17.3%, France 11%, UK 5.7%, US 5.5%, China 4.1% (2008)
 

 

Exchange rates:

euros (EUR) per US dollar - 0.6827 (2008), 0.7345 (2007), 0.7964 (2006), 0.8041 (2005), 0.8054 (2004)

 

GDP :
$389.3 billion (2008 est.) $385.4 billion (2007 est.) $375.6 billion (2006 est.)


 

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