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Maak kennis met België

Succes in het internatinoaal ondernemen gaat niet alleen over u en uw klanten. Kom meer te weten over de zakelijke feiten van de landen waarmee u handelt en raak vertrouwd met de verschillende handelspraktijken, culturen, douaneregels en economie.

At a Glance

Belgium has an area of just 12,566 square miles (32,547 square kilometers), but the country and its 10,839,905 citizens are products of a rich cultural and linguistic diversity. The Dutch-speaking Flanders region is home to 57.9% of the population, while 31.7% live in French-speaking Wallonia. The Brussels Capital Region, officially bilingual, is home to another 9.7%, and although only .7% of the population speaks German, that is the country's official third language.

According to the U.S. Department of State, Belgium's trade advantages are derived from its central geographic location and a highly skilled, multilingual, and productive work force. Most of Belgium's trade is with fellow EU member states. As a result, Belgium seeks to diversify and expand trade opportunities with non-EC countries.

Financial Facts
  • Estimated GDP (2010) of US$369.57 billion or US$43,220 per capita
  • This represents a growth rate of 2.1% over 2009

Belgium’s economy is very open and that the country is one of the world’s preferred destinations for foreign investments. This has contributed significantly to Belgian economic growth.

Perhaps you’re interested in establishing a partnership with one of the country’s exporters. You may be considering joint ventures with Belgian companies, franchise or licensing opportunities or sales of your products and services in Belgium. Whatever your interests and needs, the resources provided here will lead you to information that can support your entry into this market.

With exports equal to more than two-thirds of its GDP, Belgium depends heavily on world trade, and it brings a central geographic location and a highly skilled, multilingual and productive work force to the global economy. According to the U.S. State Department, the Belgian industrial sector can be compared to a complex processing machine: It imports raw materials and semi-finished goods that are further processed and re-exported.

Except for its coal, which is no longer economical to exploit, Belgium has virtually no natural resources. Nonetheless, most traditional industrial sectors are represented in the economy, including steel, textiles, refining, chemicals, food processing, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, electronics and machinery fabrication.