In 2018, Belgium had a population of approximately 11.4 million people. The economy is largely based on services, manufacturing and industry. Dutch, French and German are the official languages although other languages such as Flemish are also spoken. According to extrareference, Belgium is a federal parliamentary democracy with an executive branch headed by the Prime Minister who is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. The legislative branch consists of a bicameral parliament (the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate). In terms of foreign relations, Belgium maintains diplomatic ties with over 100 countries around the world and has close ties with its neighbors in Western Europe such as France, Germany and Netherlands. The government also works closely with international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union (EU), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Belgium. It was 20 years in prison for Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, when he received his sentence in April in Belgium. The crime is classified as a terrorist-related murder attempt, after a shootout against police officers in the Brussels Municipality in March 2016. According to Countryaah.com, Brussels is the capital city of Belgium, a country located in Western Europe. Abdeslam was arrested three days later in Molenbeek. The trial of the Paris attacks is being held in France.
- According to Abbreviationfinder: BEL is an three letter acronym for Belgium.
|Gross domestic product (GDP)||$ 529,200,000,000|
|GDP growth rate||1.70%|
|GDP per capita||$ 46,600|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||15.2%|
|Distribution of household income|
|Industrial production growth rate||1.50%|
|Investment volume||21.4% of GDP|
|National debt||103.40% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||$ 23,570,000,000|
|Number of visitors||7,887,000|
Both Facebook and Google were hit by Belgian government cuts during the year. In February, a court announced that Facebook must “stop monitoring and registering internet usage of people surfing in Belgium until it complies with Belgian privacy laws”. Facebook risks up to € 100 million in fines if you don’t obey.
In September, the Belgian Ministry of Defense threatened to sue Google for not blurring its defense facilities in its satellite image mapping service. The Ministry of Defense also wants both airbases and nuclear power plants to be blurred – all in the name of national security.
In December, the Flemish N-VA jumped off government cooperation because it opposed the country’s signing of the UN framework on migration; The signing took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, December 10-11. According to N-VA, the UN migration agreement leads to increased immigration. Prime Minister Charles Michel was now forced to lead a minority government – a tripartite government that controls only 52 of Parliament’s 152 seats – until the planned parliamentary elections in May 2019. also became responsible for migration issues, Secretary of State Peter de Crem became Minister of the Interior and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders also became Head of the Ministry of Defense. One week after the meeting in Morocco, Michel lost a vote of no confidence in Parliament and he submitted his resignation to King Philippe. On December 21, the king accepted Michael’s application.
Belgium won its first World Cup medal in football in July after a win against England in the bronze match by 2-0.