official Name: Kingdom of Belgium (Royaume de Belgique—Koninkrijk België)
Independence declared from The Netherlands July 21,1831
Area: 11,787 sq miles
Languages: Dutch, French and German
Religions: Roman Catholic (75%) and others
Literacy Rate: 99.00%
National Holiday: Ascension to the Throne of King Leopold I, July 21
Industries: engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum.
Natural resources: construction materials, silica sand, carbonates.