Belgium Population 2019

11,551,628

Belgium is located in Western Europe where it borders France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Belgium is home to the European Union headquarters as well as NATO. The February 2015 census in Belgium found an official population of 11.239 million. The estimated population in 2019 is 11.54 million.

Belgium Area and Population Density

Belgium is a country found in north western Europe along The North Sea, between the Netherlands and France with a surface area of 11,849 square miles (30,688 square kilometers). Belgium moderately populated for its size. Using the 2019 population of 11.56 million people, the calculated population density of Belgium is 975.6 people per square mile (376.7 people per square kilometer), which ranks 22nd in the world.

Largest Cities in Belgium

Most of the Belgium 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.

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

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 official languages include Dutch, French, and German.

Belgium Religion, Economy and Politics

In terms of religious followings, the Belgium population is relatively diverse, with 50% reporting an affiliation with Roman Catholics, Protestant and other Christian at 2.5%, Muslim with 5%, Jewish at 0.4%, Buddhist 0.3%, atheist 9.2%, and no preference with 32.6% of the population.

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. In 2018, the World Factbook reports a change of total life expectancy to 81.1, with males at 78.5 and females at 83.8 - showing a slow increase as time continues to pass.

Belgium Population History

Belgium became an independent nation in 1830 after parting ways politically with the Netherlands. Belgium has long been known for its neutrality policy but abandoned this for a time during World Wars I and II when they were invaded by Germany. The growth rate has remained pretty close to half of a percent annually, fairly consistently until the present day.

Belgium Population Growth

Belgium, although not one of the largest countries in Europe, still has showed 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 79th in the world. The estimated 2019 population is slightly higher at 11.54 million.

Belgium Population Projections

The rate of growth in Belgium hasn't bee terribly high over the past century, steadily sitting around an annual growth rate of 0.50%, and this number is supposed to get smaller in the years to come. As of 2019, the growth rate in Belgium is 0.56%, which is expected to decrease to just 0.14% by 2050. With numbers this small, Belgium likely won't see an increase of over one million people in the next 30 years or so. Current projections say that the population will be 11,619,972 in 2020, 12,001,594 in 2030, 12,293,880 in 2040 and 12,488,233 in 2050.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 4 minutes
One death every 5 minutes
One net migrant every 12 minutes
Net gain of one person every 10 minutes

Belgium Population in 2018Source: By Jean-Pol GRANDMONT [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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.

Official NameKingdom of Belgium
Languages SpokenGerman, French, Dutch
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude50.833333334
Currencies UsedEuro
DemonymBelgian
Name Population Location
Brussels1,019,022Map
Antwerpen459,805Map
Gent231,493Map
Charleroi200,132Map
Liege182,597Map
Brugge116,709Map
Namur106,284Map
Leuven92,892Map
Mons91,277Map
Deurne78,747Map
Aalst77,534Map
Mechelen77,530Map
La Louviere76,668Map
Kortrijk73,879Map
Hasselt69,222Map
Ostend69,011Map
Sint-Niklaas69,010Map
Tournai67,721Map
Genk63,666Map
Seraing60,737Map

Belgium Population Clock

The population of Belgium (as of 9/20/2019)?11,551,628
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)11,539,328
Births Per Day340
Deaths Per Day308
Net Migrations Per Day 118
Net Change Per Day 150
Population Change Since January 1st39,450

Belgium Population Estimator

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Estimate as of September 20th 2019 is: 11,550,489

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201911,539,32849.50%50.50%377.99790.50%
201811,482,17849.41%50.59%376.12790.55%
201711,419,74849.31%50.69%374.07780.58%
201611,354,42049.22%50.78%371.93770.59%
201511,287,94049.16%50.84%369.76780.63%
201010,938,73949.11%50.89%358.32760.73%
200510,546,88649.06%50.94%345.48750.51%
200010,282,03348.97%51.03%336.81760.19%
199510,186,30548.95%51.05%333.67710.36%
199010,006,54448.93%51.07%327.78700.18%
19859,916,57848.88%51.12%324.84670.10%
19809,868,99548.87%51.13%323.28580.20%
19759,771,58648.91%51.09%320.09580.29%
19709,632,18049.01%50.99%315.52550.40%
19659,443,93949.11%50.89%309.35520.60%
19609,167,36549.20%50.80%300.29470.62%
19558,887,27449.24%50.76%291.12430.57%
19508,637,51949.28%50.72%282.94400.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202011,589,62349.56%50.44%379.64810.00%
202511,757,51049.66%50.34%385.14830.29%
203011,903,75049.73%50.27%389.93830.25%
203512,026,48349.77%50.23%393.95860.21%
204012,121,11349.79%50.21%397.05880.16%
204512,187,30649.80%50.20%399.22890.11%
205012,220,76549.81%50.19%400.31910.05%
205512,229,32949.82%50.18%400.59910.01%
206012,229,65749.82%50.18%400.60920.00%
206512,233,98849.81%50.19%400.75920.01%
207012,251,39449.81%50.19%401.32940.03%
207512,277,87549.82%50.18%402.18940.04%
208012,310,31849.83%50.17%403.25950.05%
208512,346,45649.84%50.16%404.43940.06%
209012,390,19449.83%50.17%405.86940.07%
209512,440,76949.82%50.18%407.52930.08%
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  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with official population estimates through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer