Elio Di Rupo (born 18 July 1951) is the Prime Minister of Belgium, and leader of the Socialist Party (PS).
The compulsory school age in Belgium is 6-18 years, though there is an opportunity for 16+ pupils to study part-time.
Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter who was widely considered a master of the modern chanson.
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.
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.
‘De Snorkels’ is a strip series conceived by Nicola Broca in 1982. Hanna-Barbera licensed it as ‘The Snorks‘ in 1984.
A generation ago, the three main drinks in a household were water, coffee and table beer.
Although the principle behind the phenakistoscope had been recognized by the Greek mathematician Euclid and later in experiments by Newton, it was not until 1829 that this idea became firmly established by Belgian Joseph Plateau.
These breweries produce over 800 kinds of beer. Belgians consume in average 150 liters of beer per person per year.
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.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 May 1929 in Elsene, a municipality in Brussels, 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.
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.
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.
Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807, but none were commercially successful. Lenoir’s engine was commercialized in sufficient quantities to be considered a success, a first for the internal combustion engine.
Robert Cailliau is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Tim Berners-Lee, developed the World Wide Web.
Dr. Evil, villain, antagonist, bad guy and arch nemesis of Austin Powers, was raised in Belgium.
On the 29th of April 1899 in Yvelines near Paris, France, a car driven by Camille Jenatzy set a new world land speed record, reaching a little more than 100 km/h .
The car was named Jamais Contente (translated as “The Never Satisfied”).
Brian Molko (born 10 December 1972 in Brussels, Belgium) is a Luxembourgian songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the band Placebo.
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.
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 .
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.
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg was born on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium.