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.)
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
The political weight of devolutionist and separatist parties makes Belgium one of the less stable EU member states. However, The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Belgium still to be a single state ...
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 ...
Recent data suggest that Belgium's consumers have not yet loosened their purse strings in response to falling energy bills, leaving estimated GDP growth at just 0.3% q/q in Q1 - below the Eurozone average. ...
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