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Kingdom of Belgium
  • Koninkrijk België  (Dutch)
  • Royaume de Belgique  (French)
  • Königreich Belgien  (German)
FlagCoat of arms
Motto: 
Anthem: The Brabançonne
(instrumental version)
Location of  Belgium  (dark green)– in Europe  (green & dark grey)– in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]
Location of  Belgium  (dark green)

– in Europe  (green & dark grey)
– in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]

Capital
and largest city
Brusselsa
50°51′N4°21′E / 50.850°N 4.350°E / 50.850; 4.350
Official languages
Ethnic groupssee Demographics section below
DemonymBelgian
GovernmentFederalparliamentary
constitutional monarchy[1]
 - KingKing Philippe
 - Prime MinisterElio Di Rupo
LegislatureFederal Parliament
 - Upper houseSenate
 - Lower houseChamber of Representatives
Independence
 - Declared
from the Netherlands

4 October 1830 
 - Recognised19 April 1839 
Area
 - Total30,528 km2 (140th)
11,787 sq mi
 - Water (%)6.4
Population
 - 2012 census11,035,948[2] (76th)
 - Density361.5/km2 (33rd)
936.3/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2012 estimate
 - Total$420.307 billion[3] (30th)
 - Per capita$37,883[3] (20th)
GDP (nominal)2012 estimate
 - Total$484.692 billion[3] (21st)
 - Per capita$43,686[3] (16th)
Gini (2011)26.3[4]
low
HDI (2013)Increase 0.897[5]
very high ·17th
CurrencyEuro ()b (EUR)
Time zoneCET(UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on theright
Calling code32
ISO 3166 codeBE
Internet TLD.bec
a.The Brussels region is the de facto capital, but the City of Brussels municipality is the de jure capital
b.Before 1999, Belgian franc (BEF).
c.The .eu domain is also used, as it is shared with other European Union member states.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 26, 2012


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