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30 Interesting things about Belgium that will blow your mind

  1. Belgian men are the second tallest in the world – with a height of 181.7cm with only Dutchmen who are taller with a height of 182.5cm.
  2. Belgium is that it’s one of the rare countries where education is compulsory until you’re 18 years old.
  3. The Torengebouw (a building in Antwerp Belgium) standing at 96m, an equivalent of 26 floors built in 1928 is the first skyscraper built in Europe. The Torengebouw is still the tallest building in Antwerp today.
  4. Belgium got her independence in 1830.
  5. The Belgian coastal tram is the longest tram line in the world, being 68 km long. It opened in 1885 and operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, which is from the French border to the Dutch border.
  6. Belgium was the first country in the world to issue electronic passports complying with the recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and, along with Italy, was the first to issue electronic ID cards in March 2003.
  7. Belgian Coast Tram is the longest tram line in the world, the Kusttram travels the full 68km of Belgian coast between the French and Dutch borders, making some 68 stops from Knokke-Heist to De Panne and running every 10 minutes during summer peak hours.
  8. The first railroad on the European mainland opened in Belgium in 1835 connecting Brussels and Mechelen.
  9. The atomic bomb America used on Hiroshima was made from Uranium supplied by Belgium. The uranium came from Congo who was a colony of Belgium at the time of the bombing.
  10. Belgium has the largest urban population in Europe with 98 percent of the population residing in urban areas and cities.
  11. The Signal de Botrange on the High Fens plateau in far-east Belgium is the highest point at 694m, shorter than the world’s tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa at 828m. Belgium along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg are historically known as the Low Countries. That is to say that the highest point in Belgium is lower than the world’s tallest building.
  12. Belgium is also one of the most cabled countries in the world, where some 97 percent of Belgian households receive cable TV.
  13. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German.
  14. The famous Waterloo where Napoleon was defeated is actually a city in south of Brussels, Belgium.
  15. Belgium practice monarchy, Belgium’s official name is “Kingdom of Belgium” and it is ruled by  King Philippe of Belgium as the current monarch.
  16. Belgians pay among the highest tax rates in Europe – which amount to some 57.8 percent for the highest earners, according to the CGI report, which ranked Belgium’s tax rates as fourth highest in Europe after France (66.6 percent), Italy and Spain, while OECD ranks Belgium third highest for tax rates out of its 34 members. Belgium’s tax revenue is among the highest in Europe representing around 48 percent of the country’s GDP.
  17. Belgium had the first openly gay Prime Minister in Europe. His name is Elio Di Rupo.
  18. The Big Bang theory originated in BelgiumIt was a Belgian, the priest and physicist Georges Lemaitre, who first came up with what is now called the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe in 1927. The theory is often attributed to Edwin Hubble, although records show Lemaitre published a similar theory two years before Hubble.
  19. Belgium became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia in 2002 (although the Netherlands decriminalised it a few months before), and the second to legalise gay marriage in 2003 (2 years after the Netherlands).
  20. The world’s biggest chocolate selling point is Brussels National Airport
  21. Belgium is the country with the highest proportion of female ministers in the world (55% in 2000) and one of the earliest to have a female parliamentarian (in 1921).
  22. Belgium is the world’s 3rd country with the most vehicles per square kilometres after the Netherlands and Japan. It has the highest density of roads and the highest density of railroads in the world.
  23. Belgium uses the Euro currency, the name of which and the design of the € symbol were first suggested by the Belgians.
  24. Belgium has some of the best music festivals in the world. Tomorrowland, Rock Werchter, I Love Techno are just a few examples of the music festivals attracting thousands of people from all over the world.
  25. The city of Antwerp in Belgium is called the diamond capital of the world. The area in Antwerp is called diamond district. It has various square blocks, covering 1sq mile of area. Since 2012, the work of polishing and cutting has been shifted to places with low wage rate. Nearly 84% of rough diamonds of the world pass from here. The annual turnover is estimated to be of $54 billion.
  26. The Guinness World Record for fastest acceleration from 0-100km/h in 3.266 seconds is held by Belgian race car, the Vertigo.
  27. The first Belgian car was built in 1894, it was called the Vincke. The brand Vincke stopped existing in 1904.
  28. The name “Belgium” dates back to the Romans. They called their province in the north of Gaul Gallia Belgica after its previous inhabitants, the Celtic and German Belgae.
  29. Belgium is one of the few countries in the world with compulsory voting.
  30. The biggest newborn baby ever recorded was Samuel Timmerman, born in the Ter Linden Hospital in Knokke, weighing 5.4 kg and 57 cm in length. (December 2006).
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