Whether you hail from this stunning country or you’re thinking about a trip here, brush up on your local knowledge with these 22 interesting facts about Belgium
- Belgium is a small country in Western Europe.
- It shares a border with Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, and France to the south and west. It also has a coastline along the North Sea to the northwest.
- Belgium has an area of 11,787 square miles (30,528 square kilometres).
- The international dialling code for Belgium is +32
- Belgium’s population was 11.4 million in 2018.
- The capital city is Brussels; it covers an area of 62.3 square miles (161.4 square kilometres) and has a population of 1.192 million (2017).
- The terrain here is mostly flat coastal plains in the northwest, with central rolling hills and the beautiful hills and mountains in the Ardennes Forest in the southeast.
- The coordinates for Belgium are 50.8500° N, 4.3500°
- Because Belgium’s motorway network is very well lit, it is apparently visible from the Moon at night!
- Belgium enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers – very similar to the UK!
- Well known for its silky smooth chocolate, Belgium produces around 220,000 tonnes of the delicious treat each year! Yum!
- In fact, chocolate production started in Belgium in 1635!
- Food lovers will also be pleased to hear that Belgium has a greater density of Michelin starred restaurants than any other country in Europe!
- Romanticists and historians alike will be pleased to know that there are more castles in Belgium per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world! Amazing!
- Voting is actually compulsory in Belgium and this law is enforced.
- If you’re a fan of a good pint of beer you’ll be spoilt for choice in Belgium – this small country boasts more than 800 different beers!
- The average life expectancy here is 80.99 years (2016).
- With Brussels hosting the headquarters of the EU, it’s unsurprising that the official currency of Belgium is the Euro.
- Due to its small size, Belgium has adopted the languages of its neighbours. Dependant on the region you’re in, you’ll find people speaking in French, German or Dutch, all of which are official languages.
- Belgium grows sugar beets, vegetables, fruits and grains and rears cattle.
- The country’s industry consists of chemicals, processed food and beverages, engineering, metal products and motor vehicle assembly.
- Belgium exports chemicals, diamonds, machinery and equipment, metals and metal products.
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