Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Country in Review: Belgium

In the 2013 Expat Explorer survey, Belgium was a top ten destination for raising children abroad, and also scored highly in other areas, such as healthcare quality (4th), local transport (7th) and organising finances (6th).

And here we take a look at other aspects of Belgium as an expat destination, seeing how the country performs in the odd and the unexpected as well as the practical. Prepare to be surprised…

1. Brussels National Airport is home to more chocolate sales than anywhere else in the world.

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2. Belgium is home to the world’s first beer academy and Belgians consume nearly 150 litres of beer per person each year.

3. There are three official languages in Belgium – Dutch, French and German.

4. Europe’s first casino opened in Belgium in the 1700s.

5. The Belgian motorway system is so well-lit it’s the only manmade structure which can be seen from the moon. 

6. Belgium has more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else on Earth.

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7. The country has the highest density of Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.

8. Belgium ranks second in the world (after Canada) for granting the most new citizenships per capita.

9. Almost half of Belgian households keep a pet making it one of the most animal-loving nations.

10. French fries are actually from Belgium – yes, really!

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