Interesting facts about Belgium

Do you know which is the biggest selling point in the world for chocolates?

Do you know which is the only man-made structure that can be seen from the moon?

Which place in the world is called as the diamond center for the world?

What is the capital of the European Union?

The results for all the above questions lead to one single country, Belgium, also referred to as the “Essence of Europe”.

The biggest selling point for chocolates in the world is none other than the National Airport in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. As much as 220,000 tonnes of chocolates were produced in the country every year. On average, a Belgian citizen consumes about 61 grams of chocolate per day or 22 kilograms of chocolate per year.

The Belgian motorway system is the only man-made structure that can be viewed from the moon. The motorway system in the country with three-lanes per way and lights throughout the route appears as a small glittering spot when viewed from the moon.

Antwerp, a city in Belgium is the center for diamonds in the world. More than 90% of the raw diamonds available in the world are negotiated as well as distributed in the city of Antwerp.

After the end of the World War II, Belgium played a vital role in the formation of the European Community. Brussels, the capital city of the country, is also the capital for the European Union. Also, the city of Brussels is the headquarters for North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO.

The country of Belgium is located in the western part of Europe. It is a multi-lingual as well as multi-cultural country with French, German and Dutch as the official languages. The beautiful country of Belgium, better known for its medieval period castles as well as gothic cathedrals, shares its borders with the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany and France.

Belgium is one of most densely populated countries in Europe, with the density matching those in Asian countries like India and Japan.

Belgium is one of the few countries in the world which gives more importance to education. In this country, education is compulsory for all citizens up to the age of eighteen.

The people of Belgium are very fond of pet animals and invariably each household will be rearing a cat and a dog as pet animals. The country has imposed ban of trade of cat and dog furs along with five other countries in Europe. In a country with a population of around 10 million, there are more than 2 million pet animals comprising of domestic dogs and cats.

Belgium is the first country in the world to have a female to the Parliament. The country has its first female Parliamentarian way back in 1921. Up to now, the country has the highest proportion of female ministers in the Government.

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