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BELGIUM

AN INTRODUCTION TO BELGIUM
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Michael De Baere

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of BELGIUM

WUHAN
BELGIUM
THE NATIONAL AUTHEM
THE FLAG
THE KING FAMILY
THE

NATIONAL
FOOD
BELGIAN CHOCOLATE
FRENCH FRIES
WAFLES
BELGIAN
CITIES &
LANDSCAPES
BRUSSELS
SOME
FIG
URES
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES : FRENCH- DUTCH - GERMAN
PRIME MINISTER : ELIO DI RUPO
POPULATION : 11. 041. 266
GDP PER CAPITA : 43.686 (RANKED 16TH)
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX : O.897 (RANKED 17TH)
INDEPENDANCE : 4 OCTOBER 1830
KING : ALBERT II
THE INDEPENDANCE DECLARATION
THE BELGIAN REVOLUTION LED TO THE SECESSION OF THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS AND ESTABLISHED AN INDEPENDANT KINGDOM OF BELGIUM.

THE BELGIAN REVOLUTION HAD MANY CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES, MAINLY THE TREATMENT OF THE FRENCH-SPEAKING CATHOLIC WALLONS IN THE DUTCH-DOMINATED UNITED KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, AND THE DIFFERENCE OF RELIGION (CATHOLIC VS PROTESTANT)
GEO
GRA
PHY
BELGIUM'S MAP
BELGIUM IN EUROPE
THE PRIME MINISTER : ELIO DI RIPO
THE ATOMIUM
THE MANNEKEN PIS
FAMOUS
PEOPLE FROM
BELGIUM
SPORT
ARTISTS
SINGERS
KIM CLIJSTERS
SELAH
SUE

Selah Sue, born Sanne Putseys, is a Belgian musician and songwriter.

The Rolling Stone Magazine named Selah Sue as one of the new faces of 2012
STROMAE
STROMAE
MY LITTLE CHEAP DICTAPHONE
JACQUES BREL
Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs.

English translations of his songs were recorded by many top performers in the United States, including Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, the Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Andy Williams.

Jacques Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time.
NATO HEADQUARTER
"OF ALL OF THESE, BELGIANS
ARE THE BRAVEST"

JULIUS CEASAR
BEER
Kim Clijsters is a retired Belgian professional tennis player. Clijsters is a former World No. 1 in both singles and doubles.

Clijsters has won 41 WTA singles titles and 11 WTA doubles titles. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles: three at the US Open, in 2005, 2009, and 2010 and one at the Australian Open in 2011.

n June 2011, TIME magazine named her one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future"
JUSTIN HENIN
Henin won 43 WTA singles titles and seven Grand Slam singles titles, including four French Open titles, one Australian Open title, and two US Open titles. She has also won the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships twice and the singles gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time.
RENE
MAGRITTE
René François Ghislain Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality.
BRUEGEL
THE FLEMISH PRIMITIVES
BELGIUM
READY FOR THE FLIGHT ?
DESTINATION : BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Belgium makes over 800 different beers. Belgians drink an average of 150 litres of beer per year per person.
BRUSSELS
MANNEKENPIS
The Law Courts of Brussels is the largest court of justice in the world (26,000 m² at ground level). It is bigger than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Brussels hosts the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council, as well as a seat of the European Parliament.
Belgium produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year.


That’s about 22kg of chocolate per person in Belgium.
BRUGGES
Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North". Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port. At one time, it was the "chief commercial city" of the world.
GHENT
WATERLOO
WATERLOO BATTLE - 1815
INVENTORS

Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Saxwas a Belgian musical instrument designer and musician who is best known for having invented the saxophone in 1846
In 1912, Jean Neuhaus invented the chocolate bonbon or praline. Neuhaus is a chocolate company with 1500 selling points in 50 countries
In 1907, Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite by mixing Carbolic Acid with Formaldehyde. It is considered the first plastic.
FACTS ABOUT BELGIUM
- THE WORLD WIDE WEB WAS CO-INVENTED BY BELGIAN CAILLIAU
- BELGIUM HAS THE MOST CASTLES PER SQUARE MILE IN THE WORLD
- THE BELGIAN HIGHWAY SYSTEM IS THE ONLY MAN-MADE STRUCTURE VISIBLE FROM THE MOON
- BELGIUM HAD THE FIRST RAILWAY IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE
NAMUR & DINANT
LIEGE
SOUTH OF BELGIUM
TINTIN
BY
HERGE
The Adventures of Tintin is a series of comic albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 77 languages and sales of more than 220 million copies
ANVERS
THE BELGIAN RED DEVIL
BELGIAN
TRADITION
THE DOUDOU OF MONS
LES GILLES DE BINCHE
ALREADY TIME TO COME BACK TO WUHAN...WE HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED THE TRIP!
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