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Here are some basic facts about Belgium. Belgium is located in Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands. The area and size of Belgium is 30,528 sq. kilometers, or number 140 in size in the world. The capital of Belgium is Brussels. Belgium is organized into 3 separate regions. The national holiday celebrated in Belgium is Belgian National Day, or the ascension of King Leopold 1, celebrated since 21st of July, 1831. The climate of Belgium is temperate, with mild winters and cool summers, yet overall rainy, humid, and cloudy. The country symbol is the golden rampart lion, and the official colors are red, black, and yellow.
Here’s some basic information about Belgium’s population and demographics: Belgium has a population total of 11,778,842, or number 80 in the world, according to a July 2021 estimate. The main languages spoken in Belgium include Dutch (official) at 60 percent, and French (official) at 40 percent. The main religions represented in Belgium include Roman Catholic at 50 percent, none, at 32.6 percent, and Muslim, at 5 percent.
In terms of Belgium’s economy, the GDP per capita estimated in 2020 was 48,200 dollars, or number 31 in the world. The unemployment rate estimated in 2019 was 5.36 percent. The total number of the population living below the poverty line is at 14.80 percent.
Here’s some basic internet information for Belgium: The internet country code for Belgium is .BE, and the number of internet users in Belgium is 10,258,638, or 88.66 percent of the total population according to a 2018 estimate.
In terms of illicit drugs, Belgium is a growing producer of synthetic drugs and cannabis and is a transit point for US-bound ecstasy. Belgium is a source of precursor chemicals for South American cocaine processors and a transshipment point for cocaine, heroin, hashish, and marijuana entering Western Europe.
Here are some final thoughts about Belgium. Home to international organizations such as European Union and NATO, Belgium is a prosperous, modern, and technologically advanced member of NATO and the EU. Although it has a diversified economy and highly developed transport network, Belgium has a high public debt of about 104 percent of the GDP and is highly dependent on foreign energy. Belgium can develop green energy and make greater efforts to pay off its debts to prosper even further.
Here’s a video with additional information about Belgium from CIA World Factbook:
Learn about the relationship between Belgium and the United States from the United States Belgium Fact Sheet:
If you would like to see Belgium for yourself, here’s a tourism video to give you an idea of what you can do as a tourist in Belgium:
Here is some traditional music from Belgium for you to enjoy:
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