Wednesday, May 19, 2010

10 Belgian tidbits

Here are some tidbits I found in the handy-dandy encyclopedia:

  1. Belgium is a constitutional monarchy
  2. The saxophone was invented in Belgium
  3. Belgium is home to NATO (Noth Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the EU (European Union)
  4. Belgium has 2 official languages: French in Wallonia, Dutch(previously known as Flemish) in Flanders, and both in Brussels (the capital)
  5. About 1% of the population is Protestant; 85% are Roman Catholic; 30% actually attend church
  6. Antwerp is the largest city in Belgium
  7. Belgium declared independence from the Netherlands in 1830 (Younger than the USA!)
  8. 30% of Belgians are Walloons, 60% are Flemings
  9. Everyone over 18 is required to vote, and if you don't, you could be fined!
  10. Belgium is famous for lace, chocolate, and beer.

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