Key Country Facts

Population: 12 million
Historical & Interesting Facts:

Belgian men are the second tallest in the world measuring on average 181.7 cm (over 5’9)!

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Bruges, Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Groeningemuseum

Other Information:

Major exports: chemicals, machinery, equipment, diamonds, metals, and foodstuffs

Downtown Belgium (unsplash photo)

Jim’s Perspectives:

Have been to Belgium several times, twice while on a study abroad program and last with my MBA program at the end of our tour through Europe. We drove by the Grand Place, the Palais de Justice, the European Parliament building and then had dinner enjoying some amazing food and cold beer. Due to it’s blandness and lack of any sort of distinctive characteristics, Belgium is not my favorite capital city in Europe … but that’s just my opinion.

It’s impossible to visit Belgium without enjoying the rich culture and medieval architecture of Bruges, like the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Groeningemuseum, a museum of classical Flemish art.

One fun fact about is that Belgian men are the second tallest in the world measuring on average over 5’9″.

Country Information:

The capital of Belgium is Brussels. There are approximately 12 million people living here. The official languages of the country are Dutch, French, and German. Belgians predominantly practice Roman Catholicism. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.

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