Lambert Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), the Belgian mathematician, is famous world-wide for his ‘Body Mass Index’ (also called the ‘Quetelet Index’).
80% of the world’s rough diamonds, 50% of the cut diamonds and 45% of industrial diamonds pass through the four block diamond district.
A generation ago, the three main drinks in a household were water, coffee and table beer.
Brian Molko (born 10 December 1972 in Brussels, Belgium) is a Luxembourgian songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the band Placebo.
The tallest living horse is Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian Gelding horse, who measured 210.19 cm (20 hands 2.75 in, 82.75 in), without shoes, at Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, Wisconsin, USA.
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.
Belgium Internet connections peaked at an average of 32.7 megabits per second.
On 1 June 2003, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
At 68 km (42 miles) in length, the Coast Tram, or Kusttram in Dutch, it is the longest tram line in the world.
Adreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.
Belgians save 12.2% of what is left over after taxes, making them the fourth most money saving people in the world after Spain, France and Ireland.
She acquired world fame in 1963 as Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile) when she scored a hit with the her French-language song “Dominique”.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) lived in exile in Brussels in 1851-52, 1861 and again from 1866 to 1870.
The Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival) is a music and theatre festival in the city of Ghent, Belgium, receiving over one million visitors over ten days.
Each year, over 800 tons of chocolate is sold over the counters of shops at Brussels Airport.
Commonly referred to as French Fries, these yummy, crispy potato sticks originate from Belgium.
Herman Achille Van Rompuy, born 31 October 1947 in Etterbeek, Brussels, is the first full-time President of the European Council.
He was an inventor, noted for the invention of inline skates in 1760.
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg was born on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium.
Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Tim Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web.
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).
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.
Westvleteren XII, brewed by the Trappist monks at Saint Sixtus monastery in Flanders, is often hailed as the best beer in the world.
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.
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (born 29 April 1922, Brussels, Belgium), known as Toots Thielemans, is a Belgian jazz musician well known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his whistling. Thielemans is credited as one of the greatest harmonica players of the 20th century.