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: 11,517,000 (2020E—World Bank); 11, 720,716 (2020E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2019E—UN): BRUSSELS (2,090,000), Antwerp (1,200,000), Ghent (260,341), Charleroi (201,816), Liège (197,355), Bruges (118,214), Namur (110,939).
Official Languages: Dutch, French, German.
Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate September 30, 2020: 0.85 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: Sophie WILMÉS (Socialist); appointed by the king on October 27, 2019, on an acting basis following elections on May 26, and sworn in on March 16, 2020, ...