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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: 11,200,100 (2014E—UN); 10,449,361. (2014E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Centers (2014E): BRUSSELS (urban area, 1,163,486), Antwerp (urban area, 510,610), Ghent (251,133), Charleroi (202,730), Liège (196,291), Bruges (117,377), Namur (110,665).

    Official Languages: Dutch, French, German.

    Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 1, 2014: 0.79 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 ...

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