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Belgium - The Facts

  • Full name: Kingdom of Belgium 
  • Population: 10.5 million (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Brussels 
  • Area: 30,528 sq km (11,787 sq miles) 
  • Major languages: Dutch (local variant called Flemish), French (local variant called Wallon), German 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Machinery and electrical equipment, chemicals, vehicles, metals, diamonds 
  • GNI per capita: US $35,700 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .be 
  • International dialling code: +32 
  • King: Albert II 
  • Prime Minister: Yves Leterme 
  • The press
    • Het Nieuwsblad - Dutch-language daily
    • Het Laatste Nieuws - Dutch-language daily
    • Le Soir - French-language daily
    • De Standaard - Dutch-language daily
    • De Tijd - business daily
    • De Morgen - Dutch-language daily
    • La Libre Belgique - French-language
    • Grenz-Echo - German-language 
  • Television
    • RTBF - French-language public broadcaster; operates RTBF 1, RTBF 2 and international satellite channel
    • VRT - Dutch-language public broadcaster; services include Een (one)
    • VTM - Dutch-language commercial broadcaster
    • VT4 - Dutch-language commercial broadcaster
    • RTL - French-language commercial broadcaster 
  • Radio
    • RTBF - French-language public broadcaster; stations include La Premiere, Radio 21, and external service RTBF International
    • VRT - Dutch-language public broadcaster; stations include Radio 1, Studio Brussel and external service Radio Vlaanderen International (RVI)
    • Belgischer Rundfunk (BRF) - German-language broadcaster 
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