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Belgium

Belgium : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook

Imports

$355.1 billion (2011 est.)
$284.4 billion (2010 est.)

Exports

$344.9 billion (2011 est.)
$279.7 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

3.5% (2011 est.)
2.3% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

7.7% (2011 est.)
8.3% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$38,200 (2011 est.)
$37,900 (2010 est.)
$37,400 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

2.1% (2010 est.)
-2.7% (2009 est.)
0.8% (2008 est.)

Internet users

8.113 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

12.154 million (2009)

Population growth rate

0.061% (2012 est.)

Population

10,438,353 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

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.

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Belgium

Economic overview

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.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Belgium November 2013 Updater

Country Forecast Belgium November 2013 Updater

  • $ 730
  • Country report
  • November 2013
  • by 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 ...

  • Countries : Belgium

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Belgium

D&B Country Insight Report: Belgium

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • December 2013
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country's overall political, ...

  • Countries : Belgium

Oxford Economics

By Country Industry Forecasts > Belgium

By Country Industry Forecasts > Belgium

  • $ 250
  • Country report
  • March 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Belgium: Key Features: Broad Country and Industry Coverage. The service covers 68 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, where 85% of world business is conducted. Up ...

  • Countries : Belgium

PRS Group

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

  • $ 882
  • Country report
  • October 2013
  • by PRS Group

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 ...

  • Countries : World, South America, Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, South Korea, Philippines, Guinea, Congo, Democratic Republic Of, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Argentina, United States, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominica, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, South Africa, Uruguay, Suriname, Paraguay, Guyana, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, Haiti, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia (slovak Republic), Russian Federation, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, France, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Belgium, Austria, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Syrian Arab Republic, Pakistan, Myanmar, Malaysia, Kuwait, Japan, Israel, India, China, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tunisia, Sudan, Nigeria, Morocco, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Kenya, Ivory Coast (cote D'ivoire), Gabon, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Botswana, Angola, Algeria, Oceania, Peru, Cuba, Oman, Iraq, Iran

ISA

Belgium - ISA Country Report

Belgium - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • April 2014
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Belgium, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Belgium

MarketLine

Country Analysis Report: Belgium, In-depth PESTLE Insights

Country Analysis Report: Belgium, In-depth PESTLE Insights

  • $ 350
  • Country report
  • June 2013
  • by MarketLine

Introduction The Belgian economy in 2010 registered a growth rate of 2.42% after recovering from recession in 2009. However, due to the ongoing European debt crisis, GDP growth dropped to 1.80% in 2011. ...

  • Countries : Belgium

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