15 Things You Didn't Know About Belgium
This is travel Tuesdays. Every Tuesday we present you with another incredible country today we're looking at fifteen things you didn't know about Belgium welcome to a lox, calm the place where future billionaires come to get informed Hall, ale, Hers, how's life, treating you lately, it's. So nice to have you back with us on another interesting video, today's topic, covers royalty and chocolate and blends the historic with the new in a perfectly balanced way today, we're talking about Belgium, a country. That has everything to offer from countless castles to medieval backfire's to innovative art, museums and hip cafs Belgium plays an important role on the political scene. Being one of the six founding members of the European Union, a founding member of NATO and the eurozone and is also part of the Schengen area at the moment, the country holds the official seats to the European Council and European Commission. And the country's capital Brussels is home to the European Parliament.
If you're a dessert. Lover, especially chocolate Belgium is your place to be also beer has its cozy home there with brewing being an almost mystical art in Belgium and many types of ale are still created in the traditional manner in monasteries. But that's enough with the intro let's begin. Shall we here are 15 things you didn't know about Belgium if you are new here, welcome be sure to subscribe and follow us on Instagram at a Luke? Number one Bruges is considered to be the Venice of the north Bruges is the capital of.
West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium and it's known as the Venice of the north. Thanks to its many picturesque canals. The symbols of the city are little statues of bears clasping. The coat-of-arms Venetian merchants must have arrived in Bruges centuries ago and the way the shops and their handmade things look take the visitors back in time to a faraway Italian era, the head of you're in search of love Alexis Bruges is your place to be Lake man water.
Lake of love. Man means love and Flemish. On which the city was built its known for its powers to help people find the love of their lives. Number two, the border with the Netherlands crosses, a restaurant, patio Belgium and Netherlands are the definition of friendship when it comes to sharing borders, maybe you know this by now, but the borders between the two are just some symbolic white crosses on the pavement. Yes, you heard that right and nobody's guarding them if you're trying to be in two places at the same time. Belgium is definitely. The country for it there, you can find a city that is half part Belgium and the other half the Netherlands.
This is also the case with a restaurant built on the border where you can dine in two countries at the same time. Hence, something funny happened a while ago when the closing hours were different because of specific laws in the two countries and the side on the Netherlands had to close earlier. What did clients do simply change their tables to the Belgian side and continued enjoying their meals? Number three, french fries may indeed come from Belgium believe it or not the French fry is not French. It looks like historians claim that the origin of the French fry dates back to the late 1600s when poor Belgian villagers ate fried fish. But when winter came the rivers were frozen, and they had to find other sources of food.
So they chose potatoes them the same way. They prepared the fish there's, even an old 1781 family, manuscript which recounts that potatoes were deep-fried prior to 1680. Nowadays, Belgians prefer to eat fried egg on top of french fries, or even french fries with cooked mussels in America French fries were introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War. One number four Belgium is fighting the gender, pay gap for a long time. Now Belgium has been trying to defeat the gender, pay gap. And the good news is they're actually making substantial progress. But how are they doing it in Belgium transparency on how much men and women are paid has been standard for.
Years their solution was to introduce an agreed framework for who is paid what based on what they do without any prior negotiation. This strict framework for setting salaries makes it impossible to pay women less for the same job in 2017 Belgian men had bigger salaries with 3.3 percent than women had also 2017 was the year dedicated to ending violence against women. So we couldn't be more proud of Belgium fighting the right fights. Number 5, Albert, where is the richest person in Belgium with a net. Worth of 6.1 billion dollars. Albert Rio is a Belgian businessman born on the 4th of February.
1926, Flare grew up as a son of an ale merchant. And he got involved in the business from an early age because his father passed away when Flair was 17. He to leave school and run the family business by himself. He started investing in Belgian steel factories at the age of 30.
And by the age of 45, he controlled the whole steel industry in the region of Shone was later, he made some moves in the finance sector. Investing through his own company, par Maya his careers, the biggest coup, though was in 2008 when he helped push through the merger of European energy giants as of March 2018. The Belgian magnate has a net worth of 6.1 billion dollars. Number 6, King Leopold ii was a wicked ruler for the Congo Free.
Republic Belgium's past is haunted by the genocide, all colonial legacy. Belgian King Leopold ii was one of history's, most brutal rulers during the dark 19th century. He successfully transformed the entire Congo. A land from the Baltic to the Black Sea into his private domain, but did so with immense casualties from 1885 to 1908. There was an estimation of death that ranged from 10 million to 15 million Africans and many Congolese Belgians. People are still discriminated against in Belgium after the King's death and transfer of his private colony to Belgium people tended to forget about the horrific atrocities that he took part in many Belgians. Nowadays, remember Leopold as the Builder King for his extensive.
Public works projects. But many of them remain unaware of his role in the atrocities in Congo. Number 7, Prince Lorentz was almost sent into social isolation.
Prince. The rent is the younger brother of King Philippe of Belgium. He caused a diplomatic incident when he visited a celebration honoring the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army on July 19th at the Chinese embassy in Brussels, because nobody authorized him to be there on behalf of Belgium. So we kind of crashed the party the Belgian.
Royal and government circles were really mad about it after this Prince Laurent, almost lost his entire stiffen, but eventually the Prime Minister and his brother King Philippe agreed to a 15 percent cut. It was stated that banning Prince Lorenzo seen for indignities could lead to social isolation. Number eight, a lot of people seek asylum in Belgium received approximately fourteen thousand 35 applications from asylum seekers in 2017, which was 215 fewer than in 2016, according to the latest. Figures released by the European Union statistical office. The three main nationalities seeking international protection in Belgium are Syrians Afghans and Palestinians. Even the Catalans ex-president Carly Shmuel was invited to apply for asylum in Belgium.
And it is 100% legal in 2018. Belgian families, invited migrants who came to Brussels as garden or to stay in their homes, because there are no available places for them to stay at the moment. They're all full. This just goes to show how many people. Come to Belgium since it's, a very progressive country with a lot of opportunities. Some refugees even camped out in Brussels number nine, Belgium was the world's second country to legalize, same-sex marriage.
Same-Sex marriage has raised a lot of controversies and problems since the early 60s, but it was a taboo subject. So no one dared to speak event. A lot of people were arguing due to this fact, but Belgium took initiative in 2003 Belgium was the world's second country to legalize gay marriages, Providing gay individuals the same tax and inheritance rights as heterosexual couples while the Netherlands was the first to do. So in 2000, him there's more Belgium offered limited rights through registered partnerships since 1998. And since 2006, couples have been permitted to adopt children according to the Belgian official journal approximately 300, same-sex couples got married between 2003 and 2004 alone. Number 10, the most expensive house in the world belonged to a Belgian king, a luxurious.
Mansion in the south of France is now going on sale for about 410 million dollars. The mansion sits on 35 acres has 14 bedrooms and an Olympic sized swimming pool villa last season was a holiday home for Belgian king Leopold ii when he bought the property with loot from Congo. In 1904, after his death, the Mariner Lajos DAL family, who makes Grand Mariner liqueur owned the property, and they grew exotic plants, such as oranges to help create their product for decades.
The property has one of the most. Beautiful gardens in Europe with 15,000 plants and 20 special greenhouses, close neighbors, include British composer, Andrew Lloyd, Webber and Microsoft, co-founder, Paul, Allen. Number eleven, one of the first skyscrapers in Europe was built in Belgium, the born Turin or farmers tower was constructed between 1929 and 1932, and it's. Ninety-five point eight meters high. The born Turin was the second skyscraper to be built in Europe with the first one being the Rotterdam's white house. The born Turin was.
Designed by John van Honecker, and currently it's ranked as the 22nd tallest building in Belgium. Unfortunately, according to specialists nowadays, it can't be called a skyscraper anymore with its architectural height. There's also good news, it's got the status of a protected Monument ever since July. 17 1981. And nowadays, the Belgian KBC bank uses this building as an office. Number 12.
Belgium has a broad history with chocolate in Belgium. The art of chocolate making started in the 17th century in Ghent. A port city in Northwest Belgium, even if the raw materials used in chocolate production do not originate in Belgium more than 320 chocolate ears in Belgium produce over seven hundred and twenty-five thousand tons of chocolate each year in 1912, Jean Naipaul jr. invented the first chocolate with a soft villain, the praline and three years later, Louise Agostini, the wife of Jean Naipaul jr. developed a box in which pralines were packed famous chocolate companies. Strictly follow traditional. And even. Secret recipes for their products to this day, there's, also a city named Derby, which attracts more than thirty thousand visitors each year at the Chico Palace festival. Number thirteen Antwerp is the world's diamond capital.
A diamond can be the symbol of pure and eternal love the perfection of a diamond has always been associated with the city of Antwerp that have the advantage of being a port city. The thing that facilitated diamond trading 500 years ago at some point because of the attention to. Detail and exuberant selection, even the King of France Francois, the first started ordering his diamonds from Antwerp and thanks to its strategic location and troupe had become a primary diamond center by the end of the 15th century last year, the total profits of the Antwerp diamond trade was about thirty. Six billion dollars us accounting for 7% of Belgium's. Total exports number 14 Belgium's. Divorce rate is the highest in Western Europe marriage is one of the most important parts of many of our.
Lives, but sometimes life can be really tough. People, don't, take it serious when problems come up, and sometimes they tend to choose the easier and faster solution. Unfortunately, Belgium has the highest rate of divorce in Western Europe 70%. The only explanation specialists could find is the Catholic Church had a major impact on society in the past. And now people are no longer influenced by that factor a survey showed that from 2006 to 2016, the number of divorces in Belgium averaged out to.
Approximately 27,000 cases per year. This means that three out of four marriages in the country end with a separation. Number 15, international presence in Brussels is second only to New York, the planned expansion of a company's business activities in two different countries is a hard thing to achieve global expansion implies more than just making investments in nations outside the company's home.
They need a presence in those countries as well. Even if Brussels is the seed of many internationals. Institutions more than 2000, multinational organizations, it's also home to representations of institutions, headquartered elsewhere. Two of the organization's headquartered in Brussels are NATO and the World Customs organization and euro control on the other hand there are more organizations within office in Brussels, like the Council of Europe, the United Nations UNESCO UNICEF and the World Bank and that's it for today. I'll hers. Thanks so much for sticking with us as usual. You know, we're curious.
What do you think is the most representative thing about Belgium, please leave your answer in the comments, and as always as a thank you for sticking with us all the way to this point in the video, your bonus fact number 16, there are at least 1000 to 1200 original Belgian, beers brewed in Belgium brewing in Belgium dates back to at least the 12th century back then locals of Belgium brewed and distributed beer under the Catholic Church's permission as a fundraising method, four types of fermentation? Methods are used in Belgium, spontaneous fermentation, warm fermentation, mixed fermentation and cool fermentation despite the brewing methods Belgian beers have a range in color and alcohol levels. Even though there are at least 1,000 to 1,200 types of beer in Belgium.
They account for only 1% of all beer produced in the world. And on top of all that every Belgian beer has its own special glass that observed it. How cool is that thank you for spending some time with us, a Luxor make sure to subscribe. So you never miss a video. If you want more, we hand-picked these videos, you might enjoy or head over to a Lux calm for the best in fine living content on the planet, be a part of the largest community of luxury enthusiasts in the world and tell your story.