|Area Total||30,528 sq km|
|Climate||temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy|
|Natural Resources||construction materials, silica sand, carbonates, arable land|
|Imports||Netherlands 17.3%, Germany 13.8%, France 9.5%, US 7.1%, UK 4.9%, Ireland 4.2%, China 4.1% (2017) – raw materials, machinery and equipment, chemicals, raw diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, oil products|
|Government||federal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy|
|Population||11.6 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Belgian 75.2%, Italian 4.1%, Moroccan 3.7%, French 2.4%, Turkish 2%, Dutch 2%, other 10.6% (2012 est.)|
|Language||Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%|
|Exports||GGermany 16.6%, France 14.9%, Netherlands 12%, UK 8.4%, Italy 4.9%, US 4.8% (2017) – chemicals, machinery and equipment, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, foodstuffs|
News about Belgium
- ‘The new normal’: how Europe is being hit by a climate-driven drought crisisby Jon Henley and Guardian correspondents (Belgium | The Guardian) on August 8, 2022
Water shortages across the continent, from France through Italy, Spain and beyond, are creating a critical situationEurope’s worst ever drought in picturesEurope’s most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water […]
- Monkeypox threat forces EU to rip up vaccine rules to buy more, fasterby Helen Collis, Carlo Martuscelli (Belgium – POLITICO) on August 3, 2022
Health emergencies authority isn't agile enough, according to companies and countries.
- Thousands of racing pigeons go missing in French stormby Jennifer Rankin in Brussels (Belgium | The Guardian) on August 3, 2022
Belgian pigeon fanciers say birds ‘didn’t have a chance’ after contest went wrong in NarbonneBelgian pigeon fanciers are in uproar after thousands of their birds went missing when they were released into stormy weather in a competition that went wrong.The birds were let out in Narbonne in southern France at the start of a race back to their lofts in […]
- Belgium’s prisoner swap deal will only encourage Iranian terrorismby Cameron Khansarinia, Kaveh Shahrooz (Belgium – POLITICO) on August 1, 2022
Brussels is paving the way for more Europeans to be taken hostage — we know because we’ve seen it happen before.
- Making sense of the senseless: Ukrainian war-art exhibition arrives in Brusselsby Jennifer Rankin in Brussels (Belgium | The Guardian) on July 31, 2022
The Captured House, part of a Ukrainian diplomacy drive, tours works created since 24 FebruaryRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesTraditional Ukrainian embroidery featuring guns and military helicopters; a graffitied portrait of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin; photographs of smartly dressed school leavers standing in the ruins of a shelled building in […]
- Daughter of imprisoned Rwandan dissident: Governments must be ‘accountable’ for spyware useby Antoaneta Roussi (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 28, 2022
Carine Kanimba, daughter of Paul Rusesabagina of 'Hotel Rwanda' fame, finds herself a surveillance target as she fights for her father's release.
- Belgian foreign minister’s old trip to Crimea causes bad blood between Kyiv and Brusselsby Camille Gijs (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 28, 2022
The former journalist used a Russian visa to get to Crimea, therefore breaching Ukrainian law.
- The city that pioneered Europe’s car-free futureby Aitor Hernández-Morales (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 27, 2022
Pontevedra banned cars decades before most cities started to think about reclaiming streets for pedestrians.
- Small victories: Ukraine gets closer to Europe (Brussels’ Mini-Europe, that is)by Wilhelmine Preussen (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 26, 2022
Ukraine makes its way to tourist attraction in Belgian capital.
- Europe’s not ready for a hotter worldby Karl Mathiesen, Zia Weise, Pieter Haeck (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 24, 2022
The Continent has a lot of work to do to heat-proof its cities, infrastructure — and mentality.
- Belgium reaches tentative deal with Engie on extending nuclear reactorsby Camille Gijs (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 22, 2022
War in Ukraine prompts government to change course on energy.
- Heat wave — Energy vs. climate — Crypto spotlightby Cristina Gonzalez (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 21, 2022
We dive into the politics of this week’s hot topic — Europe’s response to a devastating heat wave and how that impacts current energy troubles. We also look into a debate over crypto currencies and how they should be regulated across the EU. POLITICO’s Bjarke Smith-Meyer hosts this week’s episode, which kicks off with a
- Belgian king prepares to hand his daughter the curse of the crownby Barbara Moens (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 21, 2022
King Philippe has shielded his children from the dark side of royalty. But there's one child he won't be able to protect.
- Belgian parliament approves prisoner swap treaty with Iranby Camille Gijs (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 20, 2022
Critics fear the deal will pave the way for the release of a convicted terrorist to Iran.
- Europe’s 5 coldest placesby Luanna Muniz, Wilhelmine Preussen (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 19, 2022
It's hot. Really hot. Where should you escape to?
- Why is it so effing hot? Europe’s heat wave explainedby Victor Jack, Karl Mathiesen (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 18, 2022
Temperatures are soaring above 40C across Europe.
- Nephew of jailed Hotel Rwanda dissident hacked by NSO spywareby Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Diane Taylor (Belgium | The Guardian) on July 18, 2022
Latest findings suggest Rwandan government has deployed surveillance campaign against relatives of Paul RusesabaginaThe mobile phone of a Belgian citizen who is the nephew of Paul Rusesabagina, a jailed critic of the Rwandan government made famous by his portrayal in Hotel Rwanda, was hacked nearly a dozen times in 2020 using Israeli-made surveillance […]
- German gas squeeze will last two winters, regulator saysby Eddy Wax (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 17, 2022
Klaus Müller urges people not to panic.
- ‘I mean you no harm’: From troubled teen to neo-Nazi foot soldierby Bryan Bender, Alexander Nabert, Christina Brause (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 17, 2022
How a global white supremacist movement is recruiting American teenagers.
- Firefighters in shorts! Brussels braces for heat waveby Luanna Muniz (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 15, 2022
The city is set to activate its extreme heat plan next week.
- The Uber files: how the leak prompted outrage across the worldby Rob Davies (Belgium | The Guardian) on July 15, 2022
From Europe to India and the US, the revelations have fuelled anger from across the spectrum, from the drivers to politiciansWhat are the Uber files?Uber broke laws, duped police and secretly lobbied governmentsThe worldwide scale of the Uber files – in numbersThe release of the Uber files has prompted a frenzy of reaction around the world, piling […]
- Europe’s heat wave — in chartsby Giovanna Coi, James Randerson (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 15, 2022
Intense heat in Southern Europe is due to move north and east over the weekend.
- Former journalist replaces Sophie Wilmès as Belgian foreign ministerby Camille Gijs (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 15, 2022
Hadja Lahbib's appointment came as a surprise given that she has virtually no political experience.
- Europe’s last summer before the Russian winterby Eddy Wax, Victor Jack, Paola Tamma (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 15, 2022
As food and fuel crises start to pinch, governments will come under pressure from poorer, hungrier, colder voters.
- Summer travel chaos — Combustion engines’ end — Wizz Air CEOby Cristina Gonzalez, Joshua Posaner (Belgium – POLITICO) on July 14, 2022
Our POLITICO mobility team takes over this episode — unpacking the issues facing the travel industry this summer and what European policymakers can do to address them. Joshua Posaner, POLITICO’s senior policy reporter based in Berlin, talks to Chief Europe Correspondent Matt Karnitschnig about the EU’s aim to phase out the combustion engine by 2035