Open Data

On 22 October 2015, Statistics Belgium made a number of open datasets available. These open data are free to use for commercial as well as non-commercial purposes.

Around 100 datasets will be available and this number will be expanded gradually. New datasets will be announced on this page and in our newsletter.


About open data

Open data are public, non-personal data that are machine-readable, meet 'open standards' and can be re-used for free. Open data are mainly data collected by public authorities as part of a public mission and with public resources.

Not all data can be made accessible. In this portal, Statistics Belgium only provides data that meet the regulations of the law on public statistics and the Privacy Act and therefore ensures optimal protection of personal data.

That public data collected by means of the community can be re-used by the community, is a logical evolution.

  • Access to open data makes it possible to combine these data with or to integrate them into data from other public authorities and private providers, thereby increasing transparency and improving the quality of service delivery.
  • Open data can contribute to better communication as they are easy to use for the creation of computer graphics and are in this way accessible to the general public.
  • By opening up these datasets to the public, Statistics Belgium also wishes to stimulate the creative economy.

Through this initiative, Statistics Belgium fits into the new federal strategy on open data and similar policies in Europe and in the rest of the world.

Everyone is welcome to dig in to our datasets!

They can be used by (IT) enterprises, journalists, developers, organisations, governments and citizens.

Everyone is free to develop applications, apps, visualisations,... with the open data made available by Statistics Belgium. Open data can be re-used for free. Yet, re-users are required to meet licence conditions (PDF, 110.35 Kb). This licence describes the conditions of use (reference to the source and date of publication) and also the rights of re-users.

Do you have questions about open data, suggestions for datasets or ideas for an application or visualisation? Let us