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Belgium's Information

Flag of Belgium
Land Area 30,278 km2
Water Area 250 km2
Total Area 30,528km2 (#136)
Population 11,409,077 (#77)
Population Density 376.81/km2
Government Type Federal Parliamentary Democracy Under A Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $509.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $44,900
Currency Euro (EUR)
More Information Belgium
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


H - K

  • Pierre Harmel former prime minister
  • Louis Hennepin first European to explore upper Mississippi river
  • Justine Henin tennis player
  • Audrey Hepburn actress, humanitarian
  • Ivan Heylen singer
  • Corneille Heymans Nobel laureate, physiologist
  • Camille Huysmans politician
  • Jacques Bernard "Jacky" Ickx racecar driver
  • Paul-Emile Janson former prime minister
  • Henri Jaspar former prime minister
  • Georges Jobe motocross racer
  • Jacob Jordaens artist
  • Albert Joseph , Count Goblet d'Alviella politician, military officer
  • Jules Joseph, Baron d'Anethan politician
  • Dani Klein singer
L
  • Henri La Fontaine Nobel laureate, lawyer
  • Esther Lambrechts "La Esterella" singer
  • Lamoral, Count of Egmont general, statesman
  • Orlando di Lasso composer
  • Joseph Lebeau former prime minister
  • Edmond Leburton former prime minister
  • Georges Lemaitre proposed Big Bang theory
  • Camille Lemonnier author, poet
  • Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir inventor internal-combustion engine
  • Leopold I King of Belgium 1831-1865
  • Leopold II King of Belgium 1865-1909
  • Leopold III King of Belgium 1934-1951
  • Constant Loiseau inventor optometer, physician
  • Helmut Lotti tenor, songwriter
M - N
  • Maurice Maeterlinck Nobel laureate, playwright, poet
  • Rene Magritte artist
  • Xavier Mallise tennis player
  • Jules Malou statesman
  • Wilfried Martensformer prime minister
  • Quentin Matsys artist
  • Filip Meirhaeghe mountain bike racer
  • Gerardus Mercator cartographer, mathematician
  • Eddy Merckx cyclist, five-time winner Tour de France
  • Jean-Baptiste Nothomb former prime minister
O - P
  • Johannes Ockeghem composer
  • Abraham Ortelius cartographer, geographer
  • Bart Peeters actor, television presenter
  • Jean-Marie Pfaff footballer
  • Joseph Pholien former prime minister
  • Hubert Pierlot former prime minister, jurist
  • Dominque Pire Nobel laureate
  • Henri Pirenne historian
  • Eddy Planckaert cyclist
  • Joseph Plateau inventor, physicist
  • Hercule Poirot detective (fictional character)
  • Prosper Poullet former prime minister
  • Emiel Puttemans long distance runner, Olympic medalist
Q - R
  • Lambert Adolphe Quetelet mathematician, developed Quetelet index
  • Heidi Rakels judoka , Olympic medalist
  • Jean "Django" Reinhardt guitarist, composer
  • Jules Renkin former prime minister
  • Joel Robert motocross racer
  • Albrecht Rodenbach poet
  • Georges Rodenbach poet, novelist
  • Gaston Roelands runner, steeplechaser, Olympic medalist
  • Jacques Rogge sports bureaucrat, physician
  • Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns attorney, diplomat
  • Jo Ropcke film critic
  • Senne Rouffaer actor
  • Vincent Rousseau runner
  • John Michael Rysbrack sculptor

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Belgium Trivia

What type of government does Belgium have?

Belgium has a representative democratic, constitutional monarchy. The Prime Minister of the country serves as the head of government. The Belgian Parliament has two chambers, the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives. The Parliament and the government exercise the federal legislative power. The executive power is vested in the Government. The King of the Belgians is the head of state.

What Type Of Government Does Belgium Have?

What is the Largest Religion in Belgium?

While most Belgians are Roman Catholic, the country has significant numbers of Muslims and atheists, especially in major urban areas.

Major Religions in Belgium

What are the major rivers of Belgium?

The Meuse River is the largest river to pass through Belgium. Other major rivers include Scheldt River, Oise River, Semois River, and Leie River.

Major Rivers Of Belgium

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Belgium?

Belgium has a wealth of natural resources including fertile land, coal, carbonates, limestone, black marble, fir trees, diamonds, zinc, lead, iron, and silica.

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Belgium?

What is the most populated city in Belgium?

Brussels is by far the most populous metropolitan area in Belgium, and is also the capital city. Approximately 1,789,447 people live throughout the entire metropolitan area.

Biggest Cities In Belgium

When Did Belgium Become a Country?

Belgium’s independence was stimulated by the Belgian Revolution which occurred on 25th August 1830.

When Did Belgium Become A Country?

About the Author

John Moen is a cartographer who along with his wife are the orignal founders of worldatlas.com. He and his wife, Chris Woolwine-Moen, produced thousands of award-winning maps that are used all over the world and content that aids students, teachers, travelers and parents with their geography and map questions. Today, it's one of the most popular educational sites on the web.

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