Thursday, 21 May 2015

Belgium: The Diamond Capital of The World

Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers and has a population of about 11 million people.

Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population and Brussels inhabitants, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who are officially recognized. The capital and largest city is Brussels. The currency is Euro (€)(EUR).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Belgium had no official government for close to 2 years now. The country is being run by a caretaker government.

2. Voting is compulsory and enforced.

3. There are more castles per square kilometer in Belgium than in any other country.

4. It has the world's longest rail network with 4078 kilometers if you add all the tracks together.

5. The longest tramway line in the world at 68 kilometers is the Belgian coast tram which operates from the French border to the Dutch border.

6. Its highway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon at night due to the quantity of lights.

7. The world’s biggest chocolate selling point is Brussels National Airport.

8. The highest point in Belgium is lower than the world's tallest building – the Signal de Botrange on the High Fens plateau  is the highest point in Belgium at just 694 meters high, shorter than the tallest building in the world, Dubai's Burj Khalifa at 828m.

9. Belgium is the world's leading exporter of billiard balls.

10. The world’s main diamond center and second largest petrochemical center is in Belgium. Almost 90% of raw diamonds in the world are negotiated, polished, and distributed in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit: @DiscoverBelgium

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