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Belgium


    • Population:
      10,081,880 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        18% (female 875,079; male 919,939)

        15-64 years:
        66% (female 3,303,219; male 3,363,250)

        65 years and over:
        16% (female 969,966; male 650,427) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      0.17% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      11.46 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      10.22 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      0.5 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      7 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        77.21 years

        male:
        73.94 years

        female:
        80.67 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      1.62 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Belgian(s)

        adjective:
        Belgian

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Fleming 55%, Walloon 33%, mixed or other 12%

    • Religions:
      Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%

    • Languages:
      Dutch 56%, French 32%, German 1%, legally bilingual 11% divided along ethnic lines

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1980 est.)

        total population:
        99%

    • Labor force:
      4.126 million

        by occupation:
        services 63.6%, industry 28%, construction 6.1%, agriculture 2.3% (1988)






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