Gross national product / Domestic product

Gross national product (GNP) is the total income of the people living in a country, irrespective of whether they work in that country or elsewhere. GNP per capita is often used as an indicator of the size of an economy.
The gross domestic product (GDP) of a country or region is the market value of all goods and services produced there in one year.
It is often used as an indicator of the standard of living of a country or region.

GDP is also an important reference statistic. It is frequently used as a denominator to provide a more accurate perspective on quantities such as education spending; it also enables comparisons with other countries or regions.

Statistics on Belgium's GDPExternal link can be found on the website of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB).

National and regional accounts

Belgium’s national accounts are drawn up based on the definitions of the European system of national and regional accounts (ESA 1995). Gross domestic product is a key variable calculated in the system of national accounts.

The calculation is performed according to three approaches: production, income and expenditure at current prices.

More information about Belgium’s national accountsExternal link(French-Dutch) can be found on the website of the National Accounts Institute (NAI).

The regional accounts contain data on the indicators per branch of industry and the income accounts of households for the regions, provinces and districts.

Information about thenational accountsExternal linkandregional accountsExternal linkcan also be found on the NBB’s website.

GDP and statistics in the regions

The Research Centre of the Flemish Government is committed to disseminating accurate and up-to-date statistics.
More information about the Flemish economy and other statisticsExternal linkcan be found on the website of the Research Centre of the Flemish Government(in Dutch only).

An overview of statistics about the Brussels-Capital RegionExternal linkcan be found on the website of the Brussels-Capital Region.The Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Prospective and Statistics (IWEPS) is a public interest body that collects statistical data about Wallonia.

More information about statisticsExternal linkrelating to Wallonia can be found on the IWEPS website (in French only).