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‘Belgium is the best remedy against patriotism’.

Geert van Istendael The pseudonym of Geert Maria Mauritius Julianus Vanistendael, Belgian writer, poet and essayist.


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Overview: Belgium

King Albert’s time on the throne had not all been plain sailing. After he succeeded his brother, King Albert found himself involved in a major scandal following allegations that he had fathered an out-of-wedlock daughter, Delphine Boel. Unsurprisingly, the Delphine Boel affair did little to improve the King’s relations with his wife, Queen Paola. In early 2013 Ms Boel began court proceedings to prove she was the king's daughter. Inevitably, there was some media speculation that the King’s decision to abdicate was influenced, or even determined, by the court action.

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Profile: Belgium 

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Royaume de Belgique (French), Koninkrijk België (Dutch), Königreich Belgien (German) (Kingdom of Belgium)
Head of State: King Philippe I (crowned on 21 Jul 2013)
Head of government: Prime Minister Charles Michel (MR) (from 11 Oct 2014)
Ruling party: Coalition of Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) (New Flemish Alliance), Christen-Democratisch en Vlaams (CDV) (Christian Democratic and Flemish), Mouvement Réformateur (MR) (Reform Movement) and Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (VLD) (Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats).
Area: 30,518 square km
Population: 11.20 million (2014)
Capital: Brussels
Official language: Dutch (Flemish), French and German
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2002; previous currency Belgian franc, locked at Bf40.34 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$47,722 (2014)
GDP real growth: 1.04% (2014)
GDP: US$534.67 billion (2014)
Labour force: 5.24 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 8.49% (2014)
Inflation: 0.54% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$4.78 billion (2014)*
* estimated figure


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