Belgium, formally the Kingdom of Belgium, is a sovereign state in Western Europe. It is an establishing individual from the European Union and hosts a few of the EU's legitimate seats and in addition the base camp of many significant universal associations, for example, NATO. Belgium covers a territory of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 sq. mi) and has a populace of around 11 million individuals. Verifiably, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries; it once secured a to some degree bigger region than the present Benelux gathering of states. The area was called Belgica in Latin, after the Roman region of Gallia Belgica. From the finish of the medieval times until the seventeenth century, the territory of Belgium was a prosperous and cosmopolitan Center of business and culture. From the sixteenth century until the Belgian Revolution in 1830, when Belgium withdrew from the Netherlands, the range of Belgium filled in as the battleground between numerous European forces, making it be named the "Combat zone of Europe," notoriety fortified by both world wars.
The Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (CBFA) was the money related administrative organization for Belgium. It was supplanted by another organization, the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) on 1 April 2011 as a feature of a rebuilding of the budgetary administrative framework in Belgium. The CBFA was framed in 2004 with the merger of Insurance Supervisory Authority, which was initially made in 1975, and the Banking and Finance Commission, which was made in 1935, to shape a solitary organization to control every monetary market in Belgium. The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) supplanted it when the Law of 2 July 2010 was actualized. This was to build up the supervision of the money related segment towards a bipartite model known as the "Twin Peaks" show.
|Agriculture||Soil, wheat, oats, rye, barely, flax, sugar beets, vegetables, fruits & tobacco.|
|Manufacture||Metal, vehicle assembly, steel, iron, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, chemicals, textile, glass & petroleum.|
|Services (Including financial)||76.6% (2013 estimate)|
|Banque Nationale de Belgique||Banking|
|Umicore||Metals & Mining|
The Brussels Stock Exchange (French: Bourse de Bruxelles, Dutch: Beurs van Brussels), shortened to BSE, was established in Brussels, Belgium, by the declaration of Napoleon in 1801. On 22 September 2000, the BSE converged with Paris Bourse, Lisbon Stock Exchange and the stock trades of Amsterdam, to frame Euronext N.V., the primary dish European trade for values and subordinates, with normal exchanging and clearing of all items, and was renamed Euronext Brussels. The most surely understood file on the Brussels Stock Exchange is the BEL20. It now has a place with the NYSE Euronext gathering, the main worldwide stock trade. The building that houses the Brussels Stock Exchange does not have an unmistakable name, however, it is typically called basically the Bourse/Beurs. It is situated on Boulevard Anspach and is the namesake of the Place de la Bourse/Beursplein, which is, after the Grand Place, the second most critical square in Brussels.
The 2008– 2009 Belgian money related emergency is a noteworthy budgetary emergency that hit Belgium from mid-2008 onwards. Two of the nation's biggest banks – Fortis and Dexia – began to confront extreme issues, exacerbated by the budgetary issues hitting different banks the world over. The estimation of their stocks dove. The administration dealt with the circumstance by bailouts, auctioning off or nationalizing banks, giving bank ensures and broadening the store protection. In the long run, Fortis was part into two sections. The Dutch part was nationalized, while the Belgian part was sold to the French bank BNP Paribas. Dexia amass was disassembled and Dexia Bank Belgium was nationalized. Truly Belgium has had a high open obligation, which in 1993 crested at 137.8% GDP. To have the capacity to join the Eurozone this was significantly diminished to around 100% GDP when the new century rolled over. This budgetary train was proceeded after the presentation of the euro, to a limited extent to agree to the Maastricht Treaty. By 2007 people in general obligation of Belgium had dropped to 84% GDP. The lessened obligation expanded Belgium's capacity to adapt to the circumstance. The administration mediations in the budgetary part and shortage investing at an energy of financial stoppage have affected the administration obligation, rising again to 99.6% GDP in 2012. Fortis was the biggest Belgian bank in mid-2008, situated mostly in the Benelux. From mid-2008 onwards, the bank started confronting serious liquidity issues and its stock esteem started quickly declining. The issue was exacerbated by the before procurement of the Dutch bank ABN Amro, which had drained Fortis' capital. Since the start of 2008, around 3% of the stores slowed down at the bank were pulled back. Belgian and Dutch pastors and money related controllers met each other on 27 September to handle the emergency. The administration additionally consulted in arrangements to ensure the reserve funds of the 16,000 Belgian clients of the Icelandic Kaupthing Bank whose cash was bolted up for a considerable length of time following the emergency in Iceland. They had a place with the auxiliary Kaupthing Bank Luxembourg. Which was at long last assumed control by Blackfish Capital the Belgian records were assumed control by Crelan. Which later likewise assumed control Center part of the exercises KBC needed to shed from the European Commission as remuneration for the administration bolster.
Upon its autonomy, Belgium took an interest in the Industrial Revolution and, while the twentieth century, had a few provinces in Africa. The second 50% of the twentieth century was set apart by rising strains between the Dutch-talking and the French-talking natives filled by contrasts in dialect and the unequal monetary improvement of Flanders and Wallonia. This proceeding with hostility has prompted a few sweeping changes, bringing about a progress from a unitary to a government game plan amid the period from 1970 to 1993. In spite of the changes, pressures between the gatherings remain; the development of a coalition government took a year and a half after the June 2010 elected decision.
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The Belgian franc was the currency of the Kingdom of Belgium from 1832 until 2002 when the Euro was introduced. It was subdivided into 100 subunits, known as centimes (French), centiem (Dutch) or Centime (German). The conquest of most of Western Europe by revolutionary and Napoleonic France led to the French franc's wide circulation. In the Austrian Netherlands (current Belgium), the franc replaced the kronenthaler. This was in turn replaced by the Dutch guilder when the United Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed.
Following independence from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the new Kingdom of Belgium in 1832 adopted its own franc, equivalent to the French franc, followed by Luxembourg in 1848 and Switzerland in 1850. Belgian mint working during the late 19th century was innovative and Belgium was the first country to introduce coins made of cupronickel, in 1860. In 1926, Belgium, as well as France, experienced depreciation and an abrupt collapse of confidence, leading to the introduction of a new gold currency for international transactions, the Belga worth 5 francs, and the country's withdrawal from the monetary union, which ceased to exist at the end of the year. The Belga was tied to the British pound at a rate of 35 belgas (175 francs) = 1 pound and was thus put on a gold standard of 1 Belga = 209.211 mg fine gold. The 1921 monetary union of Belgium and Luxembourg survived, however, forming the basis for a full economic union in 1932.
Between 1832 and 1834, copper 1, 2, 5 and 10 centimes, silver 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2 and 5 franc, and gold 20 and 40-franc coins were introduced. Some of the early 1 and 2 centimes were struck over Dutch 1⁄2 and 1 cent coins. The 40-franc was not issued after 1841, whilst silver 21⁄2 francs and gold 10 and 25 francs were issued between 1848 and 1850. Silver 20 centimes replaced the 1/4-franc in 1852. In 1860, cupro-nickel 20 centimes were introduced followed by cupro-nickel 5 and 10 centimes in 1861. The silver 5-franc was discontinued in 1876. Between 1901 and 1908, holed, cupro-nickel 5, 10 and 25 centime coins were introduced. As a consequence of the German occupation in 1940, the silver coinage was discontinued. In 1941, zinc replaced all other metals in the 5, 10 and 25 centimes, and 1 and 5 francs. In 1944 the Allies minted 25 million 2-franc coins at the Philadelphia Mint using leftover planchets for the 1943 steel cent. In 1948, cupro-nickel 5 francs and silver 50 and 100 francs were introduced, followed by silver 20 francs in 1949 and cupro-nickel 1 franc in 1950. Bronze 20 and 50 centimes followed in 1953 and 1952, respectively. The silver coinage ceased in 1955.
Cupro-nickel 25-centime coins replaced the 20-centime in 1964. Nickel 10 francs were introduced in 1969 (only struck until 1979), followed by bronze 20 francs in 1980 and nickel 50 francs in 1987. Aluminum-bronze replaced cupro-nickel in the 5 francs in 1986, whilst nickel-plated iron replaced cupro-nickel in the 1 franc in 1989. Between 1835 and 1841, notes were issued by the Société de Commerce de Bruxelles, the Banque Legrelle, the Société Génerale pour Favoriser l'Industrie Nationale, the Banque de Belgique, the Banque de Flandre and the Banque Liègeoise et Caisse d'Épargnes in denominations which included 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 francs. In 1944, following liberation, new banknotes were introduced (dated 1943 and printed in the United Kingdom) in denominations of 5, 10, 100, 500 and 1000 francs (1, 2, 20, 100 and 200 belgas). These were the last notes to bear denominations in belgas. Treasury notes for 50 francs were introduced in 1948, followed by 20 francs in 1950, whilst the National Bank continued to issue 100, 500 and 1000 francs. 5000 franc banknotes were introduced in 1971, with the 20 and 50 franc treasury notes replaced by coins in 1980 and 1987, respectively. 10,000 franc banknotes were introduced in 1992, the same year that production of the 5000 franc note ceased. 2000 franc notes were introduced in 1994.
|GDP / GDP Rank||509.531 Billion USD|
|GDP Growth Rate||1.4 Percent|
|GDP Per Captial||$45046.937 (PPP)|
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Prime Minister – Charles Michel
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|Public Debt||105.529 Percent|
|Unemployment Rate||8.256 Percent|
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