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25 things you probably didn’t know about Belgium

Sara Sánchez González

1. Belgium has 178 “brasseries” which produce more than 800 kinds of beer!

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2. Audrey Hepburn was born in Ixelles district, Brussels.

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3. The place where the most quantity of chocolate is sold is the International Airport of Brussels, Zaventem.

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4.  The Body Mass Index (BMI) is one invention of Lambert Adolphe Quetelet, belgian mathematician.

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5. Belgium has the lowest proportion of Mc Donald’s per inhabitant of the developed world.

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6. Belgium holds the world’s record for spending the longest period of time without government: 541 days separate Leterme’s resignation (2010) and the formation of Di Rupo’s government (2011).

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7. Belgium produces more than 220.000 tones of chocolate per year.

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8. The oil peinture was invented by the Belgian brothers Van Eyck.

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9. The modern asphalt for roads was invented by the Belgian proffessor Edward J. De Smedt.

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10. The tram of our Belgian coast is the longest line of tramway of the world!

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11. Tomorrowland (in Antewerp) es the biggest festival of techno music of the world.

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12. The person who developped the bakelite, the origin of the modern plastic, was the Belgian Leo Hendrik Baekeland (1863-1944).

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13. Robert Caillau, co-inventor of  the World Wide Web, was from Belgium as well.

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14. The Cinema Festival of Ghent is the biggest cultural festival of Europe!

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15. During the 70’s, beers (not very strong) were served as breakfast at school!

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16. The singer Gotye, famous thanks to the song “Somebody that I used to know”, was born in Bruges.

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17. Roller skates were invented by the Belgian Jean-Joseph Merlin.

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18. Big Bang Theory (not the serie) was issued by the Belgian priest and physician Georges Lemaître.

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19. The Manifesto of the Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Party was written in Brussels.  

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20. Wallonie, francophone community, is the world’s largest producer of comics per inhabitant.

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21. New York City might have been founded by the Belgian man Pierre Minuit. Apparently, this man from Wallonie bought the Island of Manhattan to its first inhabitants in 1926.

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22. The first world’s newspaper named « la Gazette » (Nieuwe Tijdinghen) was printed in Antwerp in 1605 by Abraham Verhoeven.

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23. Ludwig von Beethoven descended from a Flemish family from Mechelen.

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24. Belgium provided the Atomic uranium bomb “Little Boy” which was dropped by the Americans in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The uranium came from artisan works (in the former Belgian colony of Congo).

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25. Belgium has the world’s greatest number of castles per square meter.

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Source: Actualite.fr.be  (http://actualite.fr.be.msn.com/photo/25-choses-que-vous-ignoriez-peut-%C3%AAtre-sur-la-belgique)

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One comment on “25 things you probably didn’t know about Belgium

  1. Pingback: 25 cosas curiosas que quizás no sepas sobre Bélgica | De pendoneo por Bélgica

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