Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg was born on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium.
Belgian comics are a distinct subgroup in the comics history, and played a major role in the development of European comics, alongside France with whom they share a long common history.
Belgium Internet connections peaked at an average of 32.7 megabits per second.
With 137980 sold tickets, the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels is the third most visited concert venue (in the category Club Venues – 2000 people max) in the world.
Gotye, a pseudonym for Wouter De Backer, was born in Bruges, Belgium and immigrated to Australia when he was two years old.
He was an inventor, noted for the invention of inline skates in 1760.
Belgium has the oldest existing compulsory voting system, introduced in 1892 for men and 1949 for women.
Drupal is an Open Source Content Management Framework (CMF), with a wide use base ranging from simple websites and blogs to whitehouse.gov, warnerbrosrecords.com, National Geographic, Twitter and many other big websites.
Belgium has the highest density of roads and railroads in the world. Because of the quantity of lights, the Belgian highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night.
France and Germany may be known for castles, but there are more castles in Belgium per square mile than any other country in the World.
Adreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
80% of the world’s rough diamonds, 50% of the cut diamonds and 45% of industrial diamonds pass through the four block diamond district.
During the 1670s, Verbiest designed what some claim to be the first ever self-propelled vehicle – many claim this as the world’s first automobile, in spite of its small size and the lack of evidence that it was actually built.
The Smurfs was first created and first introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958.
Tomorrowland, in Boom, Belgium, is the largest electronic dance music festival in the world.
In the surroundings of Ieper (Ypres), the First World War soldier who was the direct source of inspiration for the character and story, was killed by a German sniper.
Winston Churchill made the Victory-sign famous during the Second World War. But he didn’t invent it, Victor de Lavaleye did.
Belgium has one of the lowest proportion of McDonald’s restaurants per inhabitant in the developed world
Belgium only has 0.062 per 10,000 people, or 7x less than the USA, 4x less than Japan and twice less than France or Germany.
In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.
Eddy Merckx, a former Belgian professional road bicycle racer, is considered to be the greatest pro-cyclist ever
Merckx, who turned professional in 1965, won the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia five times each, and the Vuelta a España once. He also won all of professional cycling’s classic “monument” races at least twice each (with 19 Classics victories in all).
At 68 km (42 miles) in length, the Coast Tram, or Kusttram in Dutch, it is the longest tram line in the world.
Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Tim Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web.
On February 17 of 2011, the country hit 249 days without a government, breaking a record set past November by Iraq.
Dr. Evil, villain, antagonist, bad guy and arch nemesis of Austin Powers, was raised in Belgium.
Namely: Belfries of Belgium and France, Flemish Béguinages, Historic Centre of Brugge, La Grand-Place, Brussels, Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta (Brussels), Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons), Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai, Plantin-Moretus House-Workshops-Museum Complex, Stoclet House, The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut). 16 others are proposed and added to the tentative list.