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Interesting facts and figures about Belgium

Date: 14/04/2015
Source: ACCCW (B)

• For its size, Belgium has proportionately the lowest number of McDonald restaurants per head of population in the world.
• Belgium has 178 breweries that together produce over 800 different types of beer.
• Belgium produces over 220,000 tons of chocolate every year.
• More chocolate is sold in Brussels International airport (Zaventem) than anywhere else in the world.
• Painting with oils was invented by the Van Eyck brothers.
• Belgium holds the world record for being without a government for the longest period of time.
• Robert Caillau (a Belgian) is the co-inventer of the World Wide Web.
• Modern day road asphalt was invented by Prof. Edward J. De Smedt (a Belgian).
• BMI (Body Mass Index) is the brainchild of the Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Quetelet.
• Back in the 1970s a light beer was served with school lunches.
• Ghent Festival is the biggest cultural festival in Europe.
• Tomorrowland is the biggest technofestival in the world.
• Bakelite, an early plastic, was discovered by the Belgian Leo Hendrik Baekeland.
• The Belgian coast tramway is the longest tramline in the world.
• Belgium has more castles per square metre than any other country in the world.
• The Big Bang theory was conceived by the Belgian priest and physicist Georges Lemaitre. A crater on the moon was named after him.
• Rollerskates were invented by a Belgian, Jean-Joseph Merlin.
• The “Communist Party Manifesto“ was drafted in Brussels by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
• The French-speaking community in Belgium produces the most cartoon albums per head of population in the world.
• New York City was founded by the Belgian, Pierre Minuit (1589-1638). This Walloon bought Manhatten island from its first inhabitants in 1626.
• Ludwig von Beethoven’s family was originally Flemish and came from Mechelen.
• Belgium supplied the uranium for the atom bomb “Little Boy“, that the Americans dropped on the Japanese town of Hiroshima. The uranium came from the Shinkolobwe mine in the former Belgian Congo.