Belgium Population 2017

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Belgium, although not one of the largest countries in Europe, still has showed a significant growth in its population in the last few years. From 10,839,905 people in 2010 to around 11,095,000 in late 2012 and early 2013, it has shown a steady population increase per year. The most recent census in February 2015 found a population of 11.239 million, which ranks 75th in the world. The estimated 2016 population is slightly higher at 11,267,910. Belgium is very densely populated with 363 people/square kilometer (942/square mile), which ranks 33rd overall.

Provincially, the majority of the population is located in the Dutch-speaking northern region of Flanders with around 57.3% people living there. Flanders is followed by Wallonia with 32.3% and Brussels with 10.4% of the population located in that region.

Most of the Belgiumís population are congested in the larger cities such as the capital, Brussels, as well as other major cities such as Liege, Ghent, and Oostende. These cities are the centers of economic activity for the country and thus provide plenty of employment opportunities to many people. Brussels has a population of 1.175 million with 7,025 people per square kilometer.

Belgium Demographics

Belgium is a population that boasts diverse cultures and ethnicities. However, even with the burgeoning immigrant population, the majority of French speaking individuals live in and around the capital city of Brussels, while the Flemish speaking population is more restricted towards the Flanders side of the country. Due to job opportunities, the immigrant population mostly settles down in the large cities, where they can earn their living in an easier manner than in the suburban areas of the country.

In terms of ethnicity, the Flemish community is a majority in the country. More than 6 million inhabitants of Belgium are Flemish, while the French speaking Walloon are a minority but make up the next biggest population group with around 3.5 million inhabitants. Apart from the two major population groups, there are small groups of minorities present in small pockets around the country, including the roughly 1 million German speaking residents who live near the Belgian-German border.

From amongst the immigrants, the largest group of inhabitants is from Morocco, with around half a million residents living all over Belgium. The next biggest ethnic group of immigrants is from Turkey, and these people are also present in significant numbers all over Belgium.

Overall, Belgium represents a rich group of inhabitants who belong to different ethnicities. It is a country that is showing steady growth and can provide support for its growing population numbers.

The life expectancy in Belgium has continued to increase while the death rate has fallen. This has been mainly due to advances in the field of medicine, which has also ensured better healthcare for babies as well. The country is also providing better care during childbirth, leading to a higher rate of births as well. The life expectancy estimate as of 2016 was 80.5 years, which is a significant increase from previous years, with male life expectancy standing at 78 years and the female life expectancy at 83 years.

Belgium Population in 2017 Source: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Belgium Population Growth

Belgium is growing very steadily. The country is already fairly densely populated, with a population growth rate of just 0.6% per year. The country is expected to continue it's population growth until the end of the century.

Belgium Population Density

About Belgium

Official Name Kingdom of Belgium
Languages Spoken French, Dutch, German
Borders FRA, DEU, LUX, NLD
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 50.83333333,4
Currencies Used EUR

Belgium Population Clock

What is the population of Belgium (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 72
Deaths Per Day 61
Net Migrations Per Day 131
Net Change Per Day 142
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Belgium Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 11.425 births/thousand 159th
Crude Death Rate 9.749 deaths/thousand 44th
Crude Net Migration Rate 4.186 people/thousand 18th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.345 years 27th
Life Expectancy (Male) 78.966 years 27th
Life Expectancy (Female) 83.672 years 31st
Total Fertility Rate 1.829 children/woman 142nd
Net Reproduction Rate 0.886 surviving daughters/woman 139th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female 87th
Infant Mortality Rate 2.837 deaths/1,000 live births 183rd
Under Five Mortality 3.519 deaths/thousand 182nd
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.493 years 46th
Rate of Natural Increase 1.66 164th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.676% 26th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.157% 28th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.179% 26th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.517% 26th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 9.243% 28th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.729% 26th
Crude Suicide Rate 17.8 suicides/thousand 19th
Median Age (Total) 41.4 years 33rd
Median Age (Female) 42.7 years 36th
Median Age (Male) 40.2 years 27th

Belgium Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 11,443,830 49.366% 50.634% 377 31 0.6% 80
2015 11,299,192 49.199% 50.801% 373 30 0.64% 78
2010 10,929,978 49.001% 50.999% 360 31 0.69% 77
2005 10,561,436 48.951% 51.049% 348 28 0.67% 75
2000 10,268,380 48.89% 51.11% 339 27 0.42% 75
1995 10,161,914 48.913% 51.087% 335 25 0.23% 71
1990 9,978,241 48.892% 51.108% 329 26 0.33% 70
1985 9,893,499 48.835% 51.165% 326 24 0.1% 67
1980 9,855,747 48.85% 51.15% 325 23 0.1% 59
1975 9,769,006 48.883% 51.117% 322 22 0.19% 58
1970 9,664,320 48.932% 51.068% 319 19 0.3% 54
1965 9,440,279 48.946% 51.054% 311 16 0.56% 52
1960 9,140,563 48.978% 51.022% 301 13 0.65% 47
1955 8,870,792 49.105% 50.895% 292 12 0.58% 42
1950 8,628,489 49.282% 50.718% 284 12 0.52% 40

Belgium Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 11,634,331 49.604% 50.396% 384 31 0.43% 81
2025 11,836,636 49.69% 50.31% 390 31 0.31% 83
2030 12,018,815 49.751% 50.249% 396 32 0.28% 84
2035 12,177,270 49.782% 50.218% 402 33 0.24% 84
2040 12,315,253 49.794% 50.206% 406 32 0.2% 86
2045 12,431,825 49.806% 50.194% 410 35 0.17% 87
2050 12,526,795 49.823% 50.177% 413 37 0.13% 89
2055 12,597,395 49.84% 50.16% 416 38 0.09% 89
2060 12,652,071 49.866% 50.134% 417 38 0.08% 90
2065 12,706,247 49.887% 50.113% 419 39 0.1% 93
2070 12,771,958 49.909% 50.091% 421 39 0.11% 94
2075 12,845,913 49.932% 50.068% 424 39 0.12% 95
2080 12,922,878 49.947% 50.053% 426 40 0.12% 95
2085 12,999,445 49.963% 50.037% 429 38 0.12% 93
2090 13,075,765 49.979% 50.021% 431 38 0.11% 93
2095 13,146,032 49.984% 50.016% 434 38 0.1% 92
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations