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Belgium Population


The population of Belgium in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 10,318,000, which placed it as number 75 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 17% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 18% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 96 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000 – 2005 is 0.21%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 10,470,000. The population density in 2002 was 337 per sq km (874 per sq mi), making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 97% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001, up from 95% in 1980. The capital city, Brussels, had a population of 1,121,000 in that year. Other major urban areas are located within 100 km (60 mi) of Brussels. The largest cities include Antwerp (Antwerpen, Anvers), 470,349; Gent (Ghent, Gand), 230,543; Charleroi, 206,779; Liège (Luik), 196,825; Brugge (Bruges), 117,460; and Namur (Namen), 103,466. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000 – 2005 was 0.1%.

The government has conducted a census every 10 years since 1848. Since 1984 the registration of births and deaths has been delegated to the Flemish and Walloon language communities. Belgium's population has distinctive language and ethnic divisions. The Ardennes region in the south is the least densely populated region.


10,392,226 (July 2007 est.)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 16.5% (male 873,130/female 836,785)
15-64 years: 66.1% (male 3,467,044/female 3,406,030)
65 years and over: 17.4% (male 746,969/female 1,062,268) (2007 est.)

Median age:
total: 41.1 years
male: 39.9 years
female: 42.4 years (2007 est.)

Population growth rate:
0.12% (2007 est.)

Birth rate:
10.29 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Death rate:
10.32 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Net migration rate:
1.22 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.043 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.018 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.703 male(s)/female
total population: 0.959 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

Infant mortality rate:
total: 4.56 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 5.13 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 3.96 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 78.92 years
male: 75.75 years
female: 82.24 years (2007 est.)

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