Belgium: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Belgium including stuff about the French and Dutch conflict, rainfall, and wars in Belgium.



The main issue in Belgium is language and culture: French v. Dutch. The country has been divided into 2 regions since 1932: Dutch speaking Flanders in the north, French-speaking Wallonia in the south, with the capital, Brussels, a French-speaking island in a Dutch sea.

It rains in Belgium about 300 days per year. The Belgians are Europe's worst drivers. Even the French say so. There has been driver licensing only since 1968 and only for new drivers.

The Belgians don't go to war. The wars come to them. With no natural frontiers the wars of Europe have been fought here. The Battle of Waterloo (1815) was fought a few miles outside of Brussels and the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of W.W.II, was fought in the Ardennes Forest in the southeast. The British have gone to war at least once in each of the last 7 centuries, usually to keep the French from controlling the Low Countries. The French have fought to keep a buffer between themselves and the Germans.

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