Dance anthem “ Pump up the Jam ”, which reached No. 1 in the US and No. 2 in the UK in 1989 was by the Belgian band Technotronic .
Belgium has the oldest existing compulsory voting system, introduced in 1892 for men and 1949 for women.
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.
Oil painting was invented around 1410 by the brothers van Eyck.
The compulsory school age in Belgium is 6-18 years, though there is an opportunity for 16+ pupils to study part-time.
After he qualified as a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 1974, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976.
Professor Edward J. de Smedt invented modern road asphalt in 1870 at Columbia University in New York City after emigrating from Belgium.
On on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo, Napoleon’s armies were defeated. The defeat at Waterloo ended his rule as Emperor of the French.
Elio Di Rupo (born 18 July 1951) is the Prime Minister of Belgium, and leader of the Socialist Party (PS).
Tomorrowland, in Boom, Belgium, is the largest electronic dance music festival in the world.
The first natural color picture in National Geographic was of a flower garden in Gent, Belgium in 1914
This image of a flower garden in Ghent, Belgium, published in 1914, was National Geographic Magazine’s first natural (not hand-tinted) color photograph.
‘De Snorkels’ is a strip series conceived by Nicola Broca in 1982. Hanna-Barbera licensed it as ‘The Snorks‘ in 1984.
The saxophone (also referred to informally as the sax, or the saxomaphone by Homer) is a conical-bore woodwind musical instrument, invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1846.
On May 5, 1835, the first railway in continental Europe opened between Brussels-Groendreef/Allée verte and Mechelen.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 May 1929 in Elsene, a municipality in Brussels, Belgium.
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.
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.
Stefan Everts (born 25 November 1972 in Bree) is a motocross racer from Belgium, who retired in 2006 after securing his record 10th World Title. He also holds several other motocross records.
Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolate per year. This amounts to 22 kg of chocolate per inhabitant annually, i.e. 61 grammes per day in average.
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.
Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Tim Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web.
2 Unlimited is a Dutch Eurodance group formed in 1991, the project is the brainchild of Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde, fronted by a Dutch duo, rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth.
Georges Prosper Remi, known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comic book writer and artist, best known for his The Adventures of Tintin series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983.
In 1981, struggling with a drug addiction, Marvin Gaye moved to Ostend, Belgium where he wrote “Sexual Healing”.