Belgium has over 11 million inhabitants on an area of 30,528 km2. Belgium has 3 official languages; Dutch, French and German. Dutch, also called Flemish, is spoken in Flanders. French is the official language in Wallonia. A small part around the border areas is German speaking. Belgium consists of the following provinces: Antwerp, Limburg, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant, West Flanders, Walloon Brabant, Hainaut, Liège, Luxembourg and Namur.
The climate in Belgium is a temperate maritime climate. There are mild winters and cool summers. The largest religion in Belgium is Catholicism. Other recognised religions are: Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Jews and Muslims. A large proportion of Belgians are not religious. Belgium guarantees freedom of religion.
Belgium's economy is based on services, transport and trade. Industry is becoming less important to the Belgian economy. Belgium is dependent on imports for the raw materials needed in Belgian industry. Brussels is the capital of the European Union. The European Parliament meets in Brussels and the European Commission and the Council of the European Union are also based in Brussels. The currency is Belgium is the euro. The GDP per capita is 46,300 in American dollars.