Economic Trivia

Roughly three-quarters of Belgium's trade is with other EU countries, and Belgium has benefited most from its proximity to Germany.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): Germany, Netherlands, and France
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Motor Vehicles & Parts, Pharmaceuticals, and Oil & Mineral Fuels

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Engineering and Metal Products; Motor Vehicle Assembly; Transportation Equipment; Scientific Instruments

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $561,910,911,174 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.693% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $49,367 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 36/195 (2017)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 2.126% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 57.7% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.82% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 12.834% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $3,566,803,302 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 5,050,908 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 1.152% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 20.613% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 78.236% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 6.323% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $418,655,712,951 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $424,418,632,561 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 169.671% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($39,482,279,939) (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $117,840,594,680 (2017)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Belgium’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank