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  • Kingdom of Belgium
    Koninkrijk België (Dutch)
    Royaume de Belgique (French)
    Königreich Belgien (German)

    Political Status: Independence proclaimed October 4, 1830; monarchical constitution of 1831 most recently revised in 1970.

    Area: 11,781 sq. mi. (30,513 sq. km).

    Population: 11,481,000 (2018E—World Bank); 11, 570,762 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Centers (2018E—UN): BRUSSELS (2,090,000), Antwerp (1,200,000), Ghent (231,493), Charleroi (200,132), Liège (182,597), Bruges (116,709), Namur (106,284).

    Official Languages: Dutch, French, German.

    Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 19, 2018: 0.87 euro = $1US).

    Sovereign: King PHILIPPE; ascended the throne on July 21, 2013, following the abdication of his father, King ALBERT II.

    Heir to the Throne: Princess ELISABETH, daughter of the king.

    Prime Minister: Charles Michel (Socialist); appointed by the king on October 7, 2014, and sworn in on October 10, 2014, to succeed Elio Di Rupo, following the May 25, ...

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