Belgium population: 10.6 million (2007 estimate)
Brussels population: 1.98 million (metropolitan area, 2007).
Area: 30,528 sq km (11,787 sq miles).
Government: Constitutional monarchy. The Kingdom of Belgium was established in 1830. In 1993, Belgium became a federal state comprising three autonomous regions.
Head of State: King Albert II
Head of Government: Prime Minister Yves Leterme since 2008
Language: The official languages are Dutch, French and German. Dutch is slightly more widely spoken than French, and German is spoken the least. English is widely spoken in the Flemish region.Religion: Mainly Roman Catholic (75%), with small Protestant and Jewish communities.