Belgium For Foreigners II

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Belgium For Foreigners II

As last year, let us find out how much we know about the country we live in!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Albert II announced his abdication on the 21st July 2013. How many European monarchs abdicated before him in 2013?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

  • 2. 
    1.38 million foreign-born residents in Belgium constitute 12.9% of the total population. Which group is the largest?
    • A. 

      Maroccan

    • B. 

      Congolese

    • C. 

      Turkish

    • D. 

      French

    • E. 

      Italian

  • 3. 
    Elio Di Rupo is the Prime Minister of Belgium since 6 December 2011. Which of the following facts are true? (More than one answer possible)
    • A. 

      He is a son of two Italian immigrants.

    • B. 

      He is a social-democrat.

    • C. 

      He is the only openly gay leader of a European Union country.

    • D. 

      He is Catholic.

  • 4. 
    Has Belgium ever hosted Olympic games?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Julius Cesar wrote about Belgians, Aquitanians and Celts in his "Commentaries on the Gallic War". In comparison to the two other tribes, he described Belgians as:
    • A. 

      The bravest

    • B. 

      The smallest

    • C. 

      The most educated

    • D. 

      The least quarrelsome

  • 6. 
    During the World War II, Gent was liberated following the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Which of the following Allied army liberated the city?
    • A. 

      US Eighth Air Force

    • B. 

      Polish 1st Armoured Division

    • C. 

      British Royal Air Force

    • D. 

      Free Belgian Forces (Forces Belges Libres)

  • 7. 
    Chaleroi is known to foreign residents of Belgium mainly as a home of cheap flights. But Chaleroi was also a place of some important historical events. Which ones? (More than one answer possible; 2 answers are correct)
    • A. 

      Charleroi was one of the most important places where labor strikes broke out, from the 1850s–1860s, following the Industrial Revolution in Wallonia.

    • B. 

      NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was relocated to Casteau, a village near Chaleroi, in 1967.

    • C. 

      Napoleon stayed in Charleroi for a couple of days in June 1815, just before the Battle of Waterloo.

  • 8. 
    Manneken Pis is the famous landmark of Brussels. Which of the following facts are true? (More than one answer possible, 4 answers are correct)
    • A. 

      It is 61cm tall.

    • B. 

      It was created in the 16th century.

    • C. 

      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.

    • D. 

      It is not clear on which Brussels legend the idea of a peeing boy was based.

    • E. 

      There is also a statue of Manneken Pis in China.

    • F. 

      The statue currently on display is a copy from 1965.

    • G. 

      It's female equivalent, Janneke Pis, was inaugurated only in 1987.

  • 9. 
    What does Belgium celebrate each year on the 21st of July?
    • 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.

  • 10. 
    But of course this year, July 21st is even more special. Prince Philippe, the Duke of Brabant, will become a king, following his father's abdication. How much do you know about the new king? Which of the following is true? (More than one answer possible; 3 answers are correct)
    • A. 

      He will be called the King of Belgium.

    • B. 

      He will be known as King Philippe I.

    • C. 

      He has four children.

    • D. 

      His oldest child is Elisabeth, but it will be his oldest son Gabriel who will become the heir to the throne.

    • E. 

      His wife is a descendant of Polish nobility, so the next monarch of Belgium will have Polish blood.

    • F. 

      He is 53 years of age.