Belgium - Population

Belgium: Population

Mnemonic POP.IBEL
Unit Ths. #
Annual 0.55 %
Data 2021 11,584
2020 11,521

Series Information

Source National Bank of Belgium - Belgostat (BNB)
Release Population
Frequency Annual
Start Date 12/31/1953
End Date 12/31/2021

Belgium: Demographics

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Births 2021 117,914 113,739 # Annual
Deaths 2021 112,291 126,850 # Annual
Population 2021 11,584 11,521 Ths. # Annual
Net Migration 2017 240,000 # Annual
Birth Rate 2015 10.8 # per Ths. pop. Annual
Death Rate 2014 9.3 # per Ths. pop. Annual

Release Information

In accordance with the International Monetary Fund's website:

Data refers to the de jure population of each district, province, region and the kingdom, meaning all persons, whether Belgian or foreign, whose normal main residence is in Belgium, whether they are present or temporarily absent. Main normal residence is determined by a listing in the population register or the alien register. The de jure population differs from the de facto population, which comprises persons whose presence in the national territory at a particular time is recorded. In Belgium, when population figures are referred to without further detail, this always means the de jure population.

The population registers and alien registers are the sources of population statistics. In addition, a general population census is organized by the Directorate-general Statistics and Economic Information every 10 years. The population figures on January are equal to the number of persons who are inscribed in the national register at that moment whose main normal residence is in Belgium, whether they are present or temporarily absent. Asylum-seekers are inscribed in a waiting register.

Please refer to the summary methodology located on the International Monetary Fund's website.

A copy of the data in the national register is provided to the Directorate-general Statistics and Economic Information in March of the year following the reference period. Corrections to these data are made only for statistical adjustment. Instead of changes being made once or several times in the population surveys of the preceding year as of December 31, such corrections are made only once as part of the above-mentioned statistical adjustment. Such adjustment should therefore be seen as the positive or negative summary adjustment attributable to any changes made during the year to the data for previous years.