POPULATION: 11,3 millions

CAPITAL: Brussels

GDP per capita: $ 44,100

LANGUAGE: Dutch (official) 60%, French (official) 40%, German (official) less than 1%.

RELIGION: Roman Catholic 75%, other (includes Protestant) 25%.

Belgium is the country with the highest proportion of female ministers in the world (55% in 2000) and one of the earliest to have a female parliamentarian (in 1921).

There are over 800 kinds of beers made in Belgium.

Belgium has more comic makers per square kilometer than any other country in the world, even Japan.