Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830
  • Founding member of the EU, hosts the EU headquarters, and those of several other major international organizations such as NATO
  • Many highly ranked Belgian restaurants can be found in the most influential restaurant guides, such as the Michelin Guide
  • Famous for beer, chocolate, waffles, and french fries
  • Climate: temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
  • Ethnic Groups: Felming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%
  • Languages: Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch(60%), French(40%), and German(less than 1%)
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 75%, other 25%
  • Population: 10.44 million
  • The capital of Belgium is Brussels
  • other major cities: Antwerp
  • Literacy Rate: 99%
  • GDP per capita $46,878
  • Belgium is a growing producer of synthetic drugs
  • Despite strengthening of legislation, Belgium remains vulnerable to money laundering related to narcotics, automobiles, alcohol, and tobbaco.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy

  • King: Albert II
  • Prime Minister: Elio Di Rupo

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Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 79.65 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 5 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 4.28/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 2.987/1,000 population
  • population with HIV/AIDS: 0.2%
  • Obesity Rate: 10.8%
  • Risk of Infectious disease: Low
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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