Official English Name: Kingdom of Belgium
Official Local Name(s): Royaume de Belgique (French)
Koninkrijk België (Dutch)
Königreich Belgien (German)
Common English Name: Belgium
Capital: Brussels

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Official Language(s)

Flemish (53.6%), Walloon (36.4%), Italian (1.6%), French (1.2%), Dutch (1.2%)
Secondary Languages: Dutch, French, German

Resources

Sea Level

Neighbors

Netherlands (North), Germany (East), Luxembourg (Southeast), France (South)

Ethnic groups

Belgian

People

Est. Population:

11,409,077

Demonym:

Flooding

Religions:

Roman Catholic (60%)
Non-religious (31.0%)
Muslim (4.0%)
Protestant (2.0%)
Jewish (1.0%)

Largest City:

Brussels (1,187,190)

Other Cities:

Antwerp (517,042)
Ghent (257,029)
Charleroi (202,182)
Liège (196,970)
Brugge (118,053)

Geography

Region:

Western Europe

Bodies of Water:

North Sea (Northwest)

Total Area:

30,528 2 (99.2% land, 0.8% water)

Total Land:

1,297 km

Total Coastline:

66.5 km

Climate

Temperate

Terrain:

Flat coastal plains in the northwest
Rolling hills in the middle
Rugged mountains in the south

Lowest Point

Botrange (694 m)

Natural Disasters

Construction materials
Silica sand
Carbonates

Government

Type:

Federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy

Heads of State:

King Philippe

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Charles Michel

Admin. Divisions

3 Regions

Independence:

4 October 1830 (from the Netherlands)

Nat'l Symbol:

Lion

Nat'l Anthem:

La Brabanconne

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$43,600 (USD)

Currency

€ (Euro)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = € (Euro)0.86

Communication

Internet Code

.be

Telephone Code

+32

Episodes Mentioned In

Episode 99 - Belgium (Pt. 2)
Posted on Tuesday November 27, 2018

Episode 12 - Belgium
Posted on Friday July 29, 2016

Cultural Notes

The average Belgian consumers about 150 liters of beer per year.
Although German is an official language, less than one percent of the population considers it their native tongue.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/be.html (Majority of information)
https://www.britannica.com/place/Belgium/Ethnic-groups-and-languages (Ethnic and religious data)
http://statbel.fgov.be/fr/binaries/2_Population_de_droit_au_1_janvier%2C_par_commune%2C_par_sexe_2011_2016_tcm326-194205.xls (City population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 27 October 2016