Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
LOCATED IN WESTERN Europe, the kingdom of Belgium has a land area of 11,787 sq. mi. (30,528 sq. km.), with a population of 10,511,382 (2006 est.), and a population density of 892 people per sq. mi. (344.32 per sq. km.). Twenty-four percent of Belgium's land is allocated for arable use, with another 20 percent used for meadows and pasture, and 20 percent still forested. One of the earliest countries in the world to become involved in the Industrial Revolution during the 19th century, in recent years Belgium has focused heavily on the nuclear ...