For being such a small country, Belgium sure does pack a punch. For starters, one of the things that Belgium is known for is the city of Brussels. It is the capital of the European Union, NATO, and numerous other organizations. In fact, the only city with a bigger international presence is New York City. Belgium is also a very diverse place. It has three language regions. Flanders in the north is better off economically and speaks Dutch. Wallonia in the south speaks French and although it is territorially larger, it has only half the population. In the east of the country there is also a very small German speaking region. These three regions together constitute one of the most densely populated nations in the developed world.
Thanks to this, Belgium has one of the most dense railroad networks on Earth. In fact, its highway network is pretty dense too. NASA astronauts have even labeled it the Belgian Window because from space when you look down on Belgium the entire country is lit up like a torch. So whether you’re coming to see some history, learn about politics, or work in its modern cities, Belgium has something for everyone. These are 25 incredible things that Belgium is known for besides tasty waffles!
Belgium has the most castles per kilometer out of any country in the world
Nearly 80% of the world's billiard balls are made in Belgium
Antwerp has been the diamond capital of the world since the 1400s. In fact, a vast majority of the world's diamonds pass through the city
The Big Bang Theory actually came from Belgium. Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian priest and physicist who came up with the idea in 1927.
In Belgium voting is mandatory
Only New York has a bigger international presence than Brussels. The city has over 120 international governmental organizations and 1400 NGOs
Brussels is the capital of the European Union and NATO
In spite of being so tiny, Belgium is the world's 13th biggest exporter.
Not everything in Belgium is so rosy though. The country has one of the highest divorce rates in Europe. It is only surpassed by Lithuania and Latvia
Most Belgians live in cities and urban areas. In fact, along with the Netherlands, Belgium is one of the most densely populated regions of Europe
The highest point in Belgium is the Signal de Botrange at 694 meters. This is lower than the tallest building in the world (Dubai's Burj Khalifa at 828 meters)
Did you know that the people from Belgium are one of the most well-traveled people in the world.