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Belgium

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: 10, 296, 350 (2001C); 10, 840, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): BRUSSELS (urban area, 999, 000), Antwerp (urban area, 457, 000), Ghent (230, 000), Charleroi (200, 000), Liège (185, 000), Bruges (117, 000), Namur (106, 000).

Official Languages: Dutch, French, German.

Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate November 1, 2010: 1 euro = $1.38 US).

Sovereign: King ALBERT II; ascended the throne on August 9, 1993, following the death of his brother, King BAUDOUIN.

Heir to the Throne: Prince PHILIPPE, son of the king.

Prime Minister: Yves LETERME (Christian Democratic and Flemish); appointed by the king on November ...

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