He is a son of two Italian immigrants.
He is a social-democrat.
He is the only openly gay leader of a European Union country.
He is Catholic.
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The least quarrelsome
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Charleroi was one of the most important places where labor strikes broke out, from the 1850s–1860s, following the Industrial Revolution in Wallonia.
NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was relocated to Casteau, a village near Chaleroi, in 1967.
Napoleon stayed in Charleroi for a couple of days in June 1815, just before the Battle of Waterloo.
It is 61cm tall.
It was created in the 16th century.
The statue is dressed in costume several times each week. After the use, the costumes are sold by the non-profit association The Friends of Manneken-Pis, and the profits are donated to charity.
It is not clear on which Brussels legend the idea of a peeing boy was based.
There is also a statue of Manneken Pis in China.
The statue currently on display is a copy from 1965.
It's female equivalent, Janneke Pis, was inaugurated only in 1987.
On July 21st 1830 Belgium gained independence by breaking away from the Netherlands.
On July 21st 1831, the National Congress adopted a constitution.
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.
He will be called the King of Belgium.
He will be known as King Philippe I.
He has four children.
His oldest child is Elisabeth, but it will be his oldest son Gabriel who will become the heir to the throne.
His wife is a descendant of Polish nobility, so the next monarch of Belgium will have Polish blood.
He is 53 years of age.