Belgium Population clock

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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Belgium population 2017

During 2017 Belgium population is projected to increased by 75 897 people and reach 11 488 946 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 20 429. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 55 467 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Belgium (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Belgium population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Belgium will be increased by 208 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Belgium 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Belgium was estimated to be 11 413 049 people. This is an increase of 0.66 % (75 395 people) compared to population of 11 337 654 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 20 294. Due to external migration, the population increased by 55 101. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.962 (962 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Belgium population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Belgium population density

Belgium population density is 373.9 people per square kilometer as of April 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Belgium divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Belgium. The total area of Belgium is 30 528 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Belgium age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Belgium had the following population age distribution:

15.9 66.1 18

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Belgium population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Belgium age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Belgium is 51.4 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Belgium must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Belgium is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Belgium is 24.1 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Belgium is 27.3 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Belgium age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Belgium is 79.5 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 76.4 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 82.8 years.

Belgium historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Belgium population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19518 651 090N/A %
19528 697 4420.54 %
19538 745 6940.55 %
19548 795 1790.57 %
19558 845 4770.57 %
19568 896 4310.58 %
19578 948 1450.58 %
19589 000 9500.59 %
19599 055 3350.60 %
19609 111 7770.62 %
19619 170 4780.64 %
19629 231 1110.66 %
19639 292 6480.67 %
19649 353 4550.65 %
19659 411 8610.62 %
19669 466 9680.59 %
19679 518 5950.55 %
19689 566 3200.50 %
19699 609 3180.45 %
19709 646 9240.39 %
19719 678 6100.33 %
19729 704 2870.27 %
19739 725 0430.21 %
19749 743 0020.18 %
19759 760 2990.18 %
19769 778 2910.18 %
19779 797 2310.19 %
19789 816 3320.19 %
19799 834 1160.18 %
19809 849 1000.15 %
19819 860 6300.12 %
19829 869 1110.09 %
19839 875 6730.07 %
19849 881 8620.06 %
19859 889 2940.08 %
19869 898 6970.10 %
19879 910 0780.11 %
19889 924 0670.14 %
19899 942 0630.18 %
19909 965 2470.23 %
19919 994 7290.30 %
199210 030 8110.36 %
199310 071 1470.40 %
199410 111 0700.40 %
199510 146 0830.35 %
199610 173 4960.27 %
199710 193 4180.20 %
199810 209 3130.16 %
199910 227 1350.17 %
200010 252 8910.25 %
200110 289 8560.36 %
200210 337 9720.47 %
200310 395 3910.56 %
200410 459 4060.62 %
200510 527 0400.65 %
200610 596 7340.66 %
200710 668 4310.68 %
200810 741 9930.69 %
200910 816 7720.70 %
201010 892 1830.70 %
201110 967 5770.69 %
201211 042 3480.68 %
201311 116 3220.67 %
201411 189 7220.66 %
201511 262 7570.65 %
201611 337 6540.66 %
201711 413 0490.66 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.