Belgium Facts:
By Numbers and Superlatives

Belgium Facts By Numbers

Population: 10,458,000

Capital: Brussels; 998,000

Area: 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles)

Life Expectancy: 78

Literacy Percent: 98

Belgian households have the highest percentage in the world of cable TV subscribers: 97%.

Belgian tax rates are among the world's highest with some 40% of gross earnings paid in taxes for a single-income family.

Facts By Superlatives

The Brussels National Airport sells more chocolate than anywhere else in the world.

Belgium grants more new citizenships per capita than anyone in the world except Canada.

Thanks to Belgium's entire motorway network is lit, it is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night.

Brussels features the world's deepest swimming pool. Nemo33, 35 metres in depth, is famous for scuba diving practicing.

The Brussels National Airport was the most punctual of the 27 largest European airports in 2006.

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