Belgium, country of northwestern Europe. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated European countries. Belgium is a densely populated country trying to balance the conflicting demands of urbanization, transport and industry with commercial and intensive agriculture. It imports large quantities of raw materials and exports a large volume of manufactured goods, mostly to other EU countries. Belgium is the homeland of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs.
Located in Western Europe, Belgium has about 40 mi of seacoast on the North Sea, at the Strait of Dover, and is approximately the size of Maryland. The Meuse and the Schelde, Belgium’s principal rivers, are important commercial arteries.
Belgium in Brief:
Euro (formerly Belgian franc)
Dutch (Flemish) 60%, French 40%, German less than 1% (all official)