Belgium For Foreginers

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Belgium Quizzes & Trivia

We've lived in Belgium for a while now - how much do we know about this country? Try taking this quiz without Google or Wiki. It's more fun this way!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who was Eugène Flagey? 
    • A. 

      Mayor of Ixelles from 1935 to 1953.

    • B. 

      The architect who designed Maison de la Radio building, which now hosts Flagey cultural centre.

    • C. 

      A Romanian and French playwright and dramatist, and one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd.

  • 2. 
    The first supermarket ever opened in Belgium on 18 December 1957 was: 
    • A. 

      Colruyt

    • B. 

      Les Mousquetaires

    • C. 

      Delhaize

  • 3. 
    Which of the following facts about Belgian chocolate is NOT true?: 
    • A. 

      The world's biggest chocolate selling point is in Brussels National Airport.

    • B. 

      Jean Neuhaus invented the pralines chocolate in Brussels in 1912.

    • C. 

      Belgium produces 110,000 tones of chocolate per year i.e. 11kg of chocolate per inhabitant annually.

  • 4. 
    King Albert II of Belgium is married to: 
    • A. 

      An Italian princess

    • B. 

      Argentine woman of Spanish and Italian ancestry who prior to their marriage worked as an investment banker in New York City

    • C. 

      Daughter of a Walloon Count of Belgian noble family and female line descendant of Polish noble families

  • 5. 
    Alain Coumont, a young chef in Brussels opened a small bakery in Brussels, where he made bread with traditional old techniques, because he could not find the right bread for his restaurant. The bakery was located in rue Antoine Dansaert, and it opened in 1990. Alain Coumont named his bakery... 
    • A. 

      Le Pain Quotidien, which later became an international chain operating in many countries around the globe.

    • B. 

      Le Saint-Aulay, named after a small town in the Dordogne where Coumont did his apprenticeship.

    • C. 

      Le Pain Antoine Dansaert, which was later on bought by bakery Le Paul.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is true? 
    • A. 

      Belgium has the second highest income tax in the EU.

    • B. 

      Belgium has the highest income tax in any OECD country.

    • C. 

      Belgium has the third highest income tax in Europe.

  • 7. 
    Baudouin of Belgium was one of the most popular monarchs of the 20th century. Which of the following facts with regards to his passing is true? 
    • A. 

      700,000 people (7% of the population of Belgium) turned up to pay their respects during viewing of the body organised at the Royal Palace.

    • B. 

      Elisabeth II, the Queen of England, attended his funeral, despite the fact that by tradition British monarchs attend only funerals of close family members or such politicians as prime ministers who die while in the office.

    • C. 

      King Baudouin was succeeded by his son, who became King Albert II.

  • 8. 
    Equality & freedoms in Belgium: TWO of the following FOUR statements are true. Which ones?
    • A. 

      Belgium was the first country in the world to ban forced marriage.

    • B. 

      Possession of up to 3 grams of cannabis is legal in Belgium.

    • C. 

      Belgium is the first country in the world that grants most citizenships.

    • D. 

      Belgium is the country to have the highest proportion of female ministers (55%).

  • 9. 
    We all drink it, but how much do we know about the traditional Belgian beer?   Lambic is a type of Belgian beer, brewed using one of the oldest brewing techniques – spontaneous fermentation. Which of the following statements about Lambic is NOT true?
    • A. 

      Lambic's fermentation is produced by exposure to the wild yeasts and bacteria native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies.

    • B. 

      Gueuze is a type of lambic made by blending young (1-year-old) and old (2- to 3-year-old) lambics, which is then bottled for a second fermentation. In this way it obtains its sparkly quality and is sometimes called "Brussels Champagne."

    • C. 

      Lambic refermented in the presence of sour cherries and with secondary fermentation in the bottle is called Faro.

  • 10. 
    Comic books! Which of the following is NOT true? 
    • A. 

      Belgium is the second country in the world with the most comic makers per square kilometer. The only country that has more is Japan.

    • B. 

      The Adventures of Tintin has been published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date.

    • C. 

      French-speaking Belgium is the world's biggest producer of comics per capita.

  • 11. 
    AND FINALLY: Why is 21 July Belgium's National Day? :) 
    • A. 

      On July 21st 1830 Belgium gained independence by breaking away from the Netherlands.

    • B. 

      On July 21st 1831, the National Congress adopted a constitution .

    • C. 

      On 21 July 1831 Leopold of Saxe-Coburg swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution. He thus became Leopold I, the first king of the Belgians.