Curious about Belgium? Well, here are 15 things you may not have known about this wonderful country!
1. Three official languages!
Belgium has three official languages:
- French (spoken mostly in the southern Wallonia region and Brussels)
- German (spoken in the eastern regions of the province of Liege)
- Dutch (spoken mostly in the northern region of Flanders)
In Belgium, you won’t have to tip in addition to your bill when you eat at a restaurant.
Why? Because the tip has already been included in the bill itself.
3. Chocolate samples
Chocolate shops tend to always give out free samples of their chocolates.
Want to have something sweet? Just pop into any chocolate shop and try a piece of their goodies.
4. Easy to walk everywhere
It is quite easy to walk from one location to another in Belgium. It’s mostly flat land and there are things to see everywhere – so you won’t get tired, nor will you get bored.
5. Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts actually do come from Brussels!
They have been grown in the Brussels area for over 400 years.
6. Comic central
The Adventures of Tintin and The Smurfs are Belgian creations.
Fun fact: Did you know that Belgium has more comic makers per square kilometer than any other country in the world?
7. The Euro
Belgians proposed both the name of the euro currency and the design of the € symbol.
8. Eat your body weight in chocolate
Imagine eating over 20kg of chocolate per year!
Every year, Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate – averaging to 22kg of chocolate per person!
9. Airport = chocolate sales
The Brussels International Airport is the world’s largest chocolate sales point.
10. Servers at restaurants
Don’t expects servers and waiters to come up to your table when you want to order something or get the bill. You should get their attention. If not, you might find yourself waiting for a long time.
11. Dog poop areas?
There are certain locations in Brussels which are designated for dogs to do their business in. Well ain’t that new!
12. Invention of the saxophone
The saxophone was invented in Belgium in 1840 by Adolphe Sax (a Belgian instrument maker).
13. Shopping arcades
Shopping arcades are places where a number of shops are connected together under one roof.
The Galleries Saint Hubert (in Brussels) was one of the first shopping arcades to be built in Europe. It was opened in 1847.
14. Diamond capital
Antwerp (Belgium’s second largest city) is the diamond capital of the world.
15. A bright highway
The Belgian highway system is the only human-made structure visible from space at night because of all its lights.
Do you have any more fun facts about Belgium? Let me know in the comment section below!
For more posts about my adventures in Belgium, click the link here.