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Population density in Belgium 2017, by region

Want to live somewhere quiet? Then the Brussels-Capital Region maybe would not be the place for you. In a country where the population density was highly depended on the region, the Brussels-Capital Region far exceeded the others in terms of residents per square kilometer. Whereas in Brussels over 7,000 people lived per a square kilometer, in the Walloon Region this was only 214. In total, roughly 1.2 million inhabitants lived in the Brussels-Capital Region in 2018.

 Flemish Region has the highest number of inhabitants

  Although the Brussels-Capital Region had the highest population density, it was by no means Belgium’s region with the largest number of inhabitants. On the contrary: both the Flemish and the Walloon Regions had more inhabitants than the Brussels Region. In total, just over ten percent of Belgium’s population lived in Brussels, the rest was divided among Flanders (57.6 percent) and Wallonia (31.9 percent).

 Comparison to the other Benelux countries 

   Belgium’s population density amounted to 371 inhabitants per square kilometer in 2017. This was significantly lower than the population density in neighboring country the Netherlands, where over 500 inhabitants lived on a square kilometer. It was however higher than Luxembourg’s population density, which amounted to about 233 inhabitants per square kilometer. This was the lowest population density of all three Benelux countries.

Population density in Belgium in 2017, by region

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Release date

June 2017



Survey time period

January 1, 2017

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