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Belgium Overview and Geography, country brief


Belgium (Kingdom of Belgium) is a federal state in Western Europe, member of the European Union (EU)

Area: 30,528 km2

Population (2011): 11,007,020

Capital: Brussels (population of over 1.8 million)

Regions: Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels

Official languages: French, Dutch, German

Largest cities:
Brussels (Brussels Region, Center of Belgium, population: over 1.8 million),
Ghent (Flemish Region, North of Belgium, population: about 595,000),
Antwerp (Flemish Region, North of Belgium, population: about 484,000),
Charleroi (Wallonia Region, South of Belgium, population: about 203,000),
Liège (Wallonia Region, South of Belgium, population: about 193,000),
Schaerbeek (Brussels Region, Center of Belgium, population: about 122,000),
Bruges (Flemish Region, North of Belgium, population: about 117,000),
Namur (Wallonia Region, South of Belgium, population: about 110,000).

Belgium borders: France, Germany, Luxembourg , Netherlands, North see

Principal linguistic groups: Dutch-speakers (Flemish, 60% of the population, in the north of Belgium - region of Flanders), and French-speakers (Walloons, 40% of the population, southern region of Belgium - Wallonia)

Politics: Belgium is a constitutional popular monarchy and a parliamentary democracy

Currency: Euro (€)

GDP (Gross Domestic Product): about 470 billion $US (2010)

Phone calling code: 32

ISO code: BE

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