Übersicht

At a Glance

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Belgium has an area of just 12,566 square miles (32,547 square kilometers), but the country and its 10,839,905 citizens are products of a rich cultural and linguistic diversity. The Dutch-speaking Flanders region is home to 57.9% of the population, while 31.7% live in French-speaking Wallonia. The Brussels Capital Region, officially bilingual, is home to another 9.7%, and although only .7% of the population speaks German, that is the country's official third language.

According to the U.S. Department of State, Belgium's trade advantages are derived from its central geographic location and a highly skilled, multilingual, and productive work force. Most of Belgium's trade is with fellow EU member states. As a result, Belgium seeks to diversify and expand trade opportunities with non-EC countries.

Financial Facts

  • Estimated GDP (2010) of US$369.57 billion or US$43,220 per capita
  • This represents a growth rate of 2.1% over 2009