Travel

Fun Facts about Belgium

Belgium is a country located in Western Europe.

Fun Facts about Belgium

Belgium is known for several things including soccer and Manneken Pis, the statue of the urinating boy. Below are some of the fan facts about Belgium.

  • More than 1000 varieties of beer are manufactured in Belgium; you can drink a different variety of beer every day for three years without repeating any.
  • It has the highest taxes in the European Union and the OECD, with a rate of 59.2%, while the average tax rate for the EU IS 44.89%
  • Most beer brands in Belgium also brand the glasses that only that beer can be served in.
  • In 1999 the world’s first beer academy was opened in Herk-de-Stad, Belgium.
  • On average, a Belgian drinks 150 liters of beer each year.
  • Voting in Belgium is compulsory, and non-voters are punished by law.
  • Education in Belgium is mandatory until the age of 18, and for that reason the country has one of the highest literacy rates.
  • Euthanasia was legalized in 2002, while gay marriage was legalized in 2003.
  • Belgium grants citizenship to immigrants per capita, more than any other country in the world.
  • In March 2003, it became the first country in the world to issue electronic identity cards.
  • Belgium's road network is the only road network visible from the moon because of the number of lights.
  • It is also the country with the third highest number of vehicles per square mile.
  • Six of the seven Trappist Monasteries are in Belgium. The monasteries are known to brew their own brew Trappist beers.
  • The town of Durbuy is the smallest town in the world, with a population of about 500 inhabitants.
  • The name and symbol of the euro (€) originated is Belgium.
  • The Belgium dream involves retiring at 50 and running a bed and breakfast in the southern part of Europe
  • Belgians are known to make carpets from flowers and hold an annual flower carpet festival in Brussels.
  • Ninety-seven percent of Belgian households have access to cable television, the highest rate in the world.
  • Brussels Airport sells about 800 tons of chocolate annually and is the largest chocolate selling point in the world.
  • Eighty percent of billiard balls used by billiard players are made in Belgium.
  • The oldest shopping arcade in Europe, Galeries St Hubert, was opened in Brussels in 1847.
  • The country has the lowest number of McDonald's locations, seven times lower than the US.
  • Ninety-five percent of the population lives in cities.
  • The Belgian flag is similar to the German flag; the difference is that the colors run vertically, while the German colors run horizontally.
  • The legal courts of Brussels are the largest in the world; the courts cover a larger surface area than St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • There are two National Waffle Days in Belgium: March 25th and August 24th.
  • The Guinness Record for eating waffles is also held by a Belgian; Patrick Bertoletti ate 29 waffles in 10 minutes.
  • The oldest Catholic university is located in Belgium; the Catholic University of Leuven was established in 1425 by Pope Martin V in Belgium.
  • In 1920, Belgium became the sixth nation to hold the Olympics in the city of Antwerp.
  • Half of the homes in Belgium have a household pet. It is estimated that there are about 2 million dogs and cats in a country, with a population of 10 million.
  • In 2006 Belgium became the second country to ban forced marriages.
  • However, the divorce rate of 58 percent in Belgium is the highest in Western Europe. At least one person in a third of all marriages is a divorcee.

More in Travel