Imports$355.1 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$344.9 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)3.5% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate7.7% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$38,200 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate2.1% (2010 est.)
Internet users8.113 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular12.154 million (2009)
Population growth rate0.061% (2012 est.)
Population10,438,353 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
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Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU.
Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy....
This modern, open, and private-enterprise-based economy has capitalized on its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base.
Industry is concentrated mainly in the more heavily-populated region of Flanders in the north.
With few natural resources, Belgium imports substantial quantities of raw materials and exports a large volume of manufactures, making its economy vulnerable to volatility in world markets, yet also able to benefit from them....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
OVERVIEW A six-party coalition government headed by Elio Di Rupo was finally formed in December 2011, almost 18 months after the general election. Tension between the two linguistic communities will persist ...
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Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)
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Country Forecasts is a 480-page perfect-bound volume published in April and October. This publication provides a four-page summary of forecasts and data for each of the 100 countries monitored by Political ...
Introduction In the second half of 2007, Belgium's economic growth was moderate. The slowdown continued during 2008 as external factors deteriorated further, before the country went into recession in 2009, ...
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