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Basic statistics of Belgium, 2008.

BASIC STATISTICS OF BELGIUM, 2008

THE LAND

Area (1 000 [km.sup.2])                         30.5
Agricultural area (1 000 [km.sup.2])            17.3
Major urban areas (thousand inhabitants)
  Brussels                                     1 048
  Antwerp                                        970
  Liege                                          597
  Ghent                                          517

THE PEOPLE

Population (thousands)                        10 667
Inhabitants per [km.sup.2]                       349
Net increase                                  59 118
Net migration (thousands)                       55.4
Total labour force (thousands)                 4 859
Total domestic employment (thousands):         4 436
  Agriculture                                     80
  Industry and construction                    1 096
  Other                                        3 260

THE PRODUCTION

Gross domestic product (billion euro)            344
Gross domestic product per head (USD)         47 141
Gross fixed investment:
  Per cent of GDP                                 23
  Per head (USD)                              10 692
Gross domestic product by origin, at
    market prices (2007, %):
  Agriculture                                    0.7
  Industry                                      16.6
  Construction                                   4.7
  Other                                         78.0

THE GOVERNMENT

General government (% of GDP):
  Current expenditure                           50.0
  Current revenue                               48.8
  Gross debt                                    89.8
Composition of the House of
    Representatives (number of seats):
  Liberals                                        41
  Socialists                                      34
  Christian-democrats                             34
  Ecologists                                      12
  Others                                          29
Last election: 10.6.2007

FOREIGN TRADE

Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)        85.8
Main exports (% of total)
  Chemical products                             27.2
  Machinery and equipment                       12.6
  Textile products                               1.7
  Transport equipment                           11.0
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)        84.2
Main imports (% of total)
  Chemical products                             22.5
  Machinery and equipment                       13.8
  Textile products                               1.0
  Transport equipment                           11.2

THE CURRENCY
Irrevocable conversion rate                  40.3399
Currency units of euro per USD, average
    of daily figures
  Year 2008                                   0.6840
  May 2009                                    0.7320
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Publication:OECD Economic Surveys - Belgium
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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