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Poverty & Hunger

Kingdom of

Belgium

In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Belgium

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The World Factbook - Belgium

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/be.html

[accessed 10 November 2020]

World Factbook website has moved to ---> www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/belgium/

[accessed 5 January 2021]

Belgium’s GDP grew by 1.7% in 2017 and the budget deficit was 1.5% of GDP. Unemployment stood at 7.3%, however the unemployment rate is lower in Flanders than Wallonia, 4.4% compared to 9.4%, because of industrial differences between the regions. The economy largely recovered from the March 2016 terrorist attacks that mainly impacted the Brussels region tourist and hospitality industry. Prime Minister Charles MICHEL's center-right government has pledged to further reduce the deficit in response to EU pressure to decrease Belgium's high public debt of about 104% of GDP, but such efforts would also dampen economic growth. In addition to restrained public spending, low wage growth and higher inflation promise to curtail a more robust recovery in private consumption.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $46,600 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 1.3%

industry: 18.6%

services: 80.1% (2013 est.)

Unemployment rate: 7.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 15.1% (2013 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 5 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 3.3 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.4 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 3.07 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Belgium

borgenproject.org/category/belgium/

[accessed 20 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ Top 10 Facts About Hunger In Belgium

borgenproject.org/top-10-facts-about-hunger-in-belgium/

~ 5 Facts About Women’s Rights In Belgium

borgenproject.org/womens-rights-in-belgium/

~ An Examination Of Healthcare In Belgium

borgenproject.org/healthcare-in-belgium/

~ 4 Facts About Homelessness In Belgium

borgenproject.org/homelessness-in-belgium/

~ Top 10 Facts About Living Conditions In Belgium

borgenproject.org/top-10-facts-about-living-conditions-in-belgium/

~ Education In Belgium: A Model For The World

borgenproject.org/education-in-belgium/

~ Causes Of Poverty In Belgium

borgenproject.org/causes-of-poverty-in-belgium/

~ A Global Example: The Ever-Decreasing Poverty Rate In Belgium

borgenproject.org/poverty-rate-in-belgium/

~ Common Diseases In Belgium

borgenproject.org/common-diseases-in-belgium/

~ Water Quality In Belgium Key To Prosperity

borgenproject.org/water-quality-in-belgium-prosperity/

The World Bank in Belgium

www.worldbank.org/en/country/belgium/overview

[accessed 16 April 2021]

A founding member of the World Bank, Belgium supports international efforts to fight poverty and promote human and sustainable economic development around the world.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Europe/Belgium-ECONOMY.html

[accessed 14 December 2020]

Belgium has a highly skilled and productive workforce, and the economy is diversified. By 2002, the service sector accounted for approximately 70% of GDP, followed by manufacturing (25%) and agriculture (2%).

A UN study in 2002 listed Belgium as having the fourth-highest standard of living in the world.

 

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