Belgium: Basic data

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Country Data and Maps
Institution
Economist Intelligence Unit
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Topic
Summary, Basic Data, Economy, Background
Political Geography
Belgium

Land area

30,528 sq km: 28% arable, 29% other agriculture, 20% forest, 23% built-up (2005)

Wallonia: 16,844 sq km

Flanders: 13,522 sq km

Brussels (capital): 162 sq km

Population

11,035,948 (January 1st 2012; Statistics Belgium estimate)

Main urban areas

Population (January 1st 2012)

Brussels (capital): 1,138,854

Antwerp: 1,010,001

Liège: 612,740

Gent: 535,904

Leuven: 490,654

Turnhout: 442,508

Charleroi: 428,711

Climate

Temperate

Weather in Brussels (altitude 100 metres)

Hottest month: July, 20°C (average daily temperature over four recent years); coldest month: January, 5°C (average daily temperature); driest month: March, 65 mm average rainfall; wettest month: December, 119 mm average rainfall

Currency

Euro (EUR) = 100 cents

Languages

Dutch (Flemish), French and German

Measures

Metric system

Time

One hour ahead of GMT (two hours ahead in summer)

Public holidays

New Year's Day, January 1st; Easter Monday, March 28th; Labour Day, May 1st; Ascension Day, May 6th; Whit Monday, May 16th; Independence Day, July 21st; Assumption, August 15th; All Saints' Day, November 1st; Armistice Day, November 11th; Christmas Day, December 25th


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