Belgium Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Belgium?
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Last updated: May 23, 2020
First submittedJuly 8, 2013
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Clue
Answer
Capital city / region of Belgium
Brussels
The other two regions
Flanders
Wallonia
Most-spoken languages
Dutch
French
1920 Olympic host city
Antwerp
City famous for canals
Bruges
Site of Napoleon's last battle
Waterloo
What Belgians put on their fries
Mayonnaise
Bordering sea
North Sea
Bordering countries
France
Germany
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Clue
Answer
Little blue comic figures
The Smurfs
Intrepid reporter who visited Tibet,
America, Sydney, and more
Tintin
Fictional Agatha Christie detective
Hercule Poirot
Current King
Philippe
Painter of fleshy women
Peter Paul Rubens
Painter who will tell you what a pipe isn't
René Magritte
Actor known as JCVD
Jean-Claude
Van Damme
What Trappist monks famously make
Beer
Food made in grid-shaped irons
Waffle
If you eat Moules-frites, you are
eating this animal
Mussels
Largest African colony of Belgium
Belgian Congo
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Level 51
May 4, 2014
Flemish (although pretty much Dutch) is the language that is spoken in Belgium.
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Level 24
Jun 18, 2014
*one of the languages that are spoken in Belgium.
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Level 71
Jul 21, 2014
Official languages of Belgium are French, German and standard Dutch. Flemish more of a dialect of Dutch.
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Level 28
Sep 29, 2014
flemish is a dialect, it's like saying antwerps or gents is a language
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Level 46
Jan 9, 2016
I live in Belgium and dutch is my mother language, so correct. You can also call it Flemish version of dutch. it's a different accent than in the Netherlands, some words are different. You can compare it with british & american english. But you're not going to say that Americans speak "American", do you? Although in my country a lot of people mix standard language with local dialects, which causes a mixed language and some people will call that "flemish", but the mix varies from region to region. I guess that exists in every country.
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Level 25
May 9, 2018
Whilst many people in the UK claim to be British, people who claim that they speak British are usually immigrants. Most indigenous Brits consider themselves either English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish. Although English (not British) is widely spoken in all four 'regions' of the UK, a rising number also, or exclusively speak their native language.
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Level 54
Aug 21, 2019
British isn't a language. In Britain there are distinct languages, English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic to name a few. Also Irish is not British, so an indigenous Brit would not be Irish.
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Level 71
Sep 20, 2020
Guys, with "british & american english" this person obviously meant "british english and american english"
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Level 73
May 9, 2014
The painter's name is 'Rubens', never 'Reubens'. He is not a sandwich.
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Level ∞
May 10, 2014
D'oh! This has been fixed.
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2017
I left off the last "s"
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Level 82
Jun 27, 2014
Not sure how I wrote "mussles" but I know I didn't get it despite knowing.
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2014
lots of people put mayonnaise on french fries. Pretty much everyone outside of the United States actually, though, it's not like all of them do. I couldn't figure that one out though I've seen it many times (not in Belgium, but in the Netherlands..... and the UK, and France, and Poland, and Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, and Korea, etc)
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2014
You know, they talk of french fries but it's really a belgian speciality. I do believe that the idea of putting mayonnaise on them comes from us too.
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Level 70
Jul 21, 2017
In my experience, nothing can bring Belgians together like the term "french fries."
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Level 37
May 5, 2017
The only people I have ever seen put mayonnaise on their fries are the Dutch and my Mother.
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2017
Any British person putting Mayonnaise on Chips would be laughed at or taken as a sycophantic US movie fanatic.
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Level 73
Aug 6, 2018
I do it quite frequently, and haven't noticed anyone either laughing at me or drawing conclusions about my cinematic tastes.
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Level 59
Nov 16, 2018
I don't know of anyone who puts mayonnaise on chips in the UK, but I don't think you would be laughed at.
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2020
Laugh away malbaby this Brit cannot stand tomato ketchup on chips, the Dutch cured him of this disgusting practice. Mayonnaise it is. In fact in Dutch they say "chips with" to mean with mayonnaise, otherwise nothing added.
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Level 80
May 22, 2020
sycophantic US move fanatic??? What US movie has people eating mayo on their fries? Most Americans have never even heard of this concept and would find it totally bizarre. I never saw it myself until I went overseas for the first time and I remember back then thinking it was extremely weird. Meanwhile, the many Brits who worked for the British company that I myself worked for for years in Saudi Arabia all put mayo on their french fries. So not sure what you are talking about.
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Level 78
Sep 20, 2020
Kal, you beat me to it. Malbaby, can you explain what you meant by your comment? All you will see in an American movie is someone putting ketchup on their fries, with an occasional Southerner dipping them in milk gravy. (Popular among some of my family members, too.)
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Level 83
Sep 22, 2020
The only movie I can think of that mentions eating fries with mayonnaise is Pulp Fiction. But again, it was mentioned, not shown.
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Level 80
Sep 23, 2020
and mentioned in the context of something weird you might see in France.
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Level 24
Feb 16, 2020
I actually see a lot more ketchup on our fries than mayo
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Level 39
Apr 17, 2020
The real answer to "what Belgians put on chips" is, as anyone who has been to a Belgian friterie knows, "basically anything". Last time I had chips there I had them topped with stoofvlees (stew).
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Level 65
May 21, 2020
I mean, it's delicious. I'm more of a vinegar fan myself though.
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Level 71
May 22, 2020
salt . if the chips are good quality all you need is a little salt .no ketchup ,no mayo.definitely no vingerar .ugh. just SALT.
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Level 71
May 28, 2020
Salt and an absolute lake of vinegar is the way to go
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Level 61
Jul 27, 2020
Chips or fries can take any number of sauces, either on the side or as a topping. To state that something is weird, just because it is outside your own experience is plain silly. Mayo is great with fries, but then so is tomato ketchup, and so is salt and vinegar, and so are cheese curds and gravy...
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Level 80
Sep 20, 2020
I enjoy a good barbecue sauce. Or some tabasco.
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Level 30
Oct 15, 2020
agreed with barbeque but not with tabasco. chilli mayo sounds pretty good to me now that I think of it though
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Level 73
May 22, 2020
In my region we eat fries 'red-white' (with both ketchup and mayo).
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Level 30
Oct 15, 2020
And which region is that, I may ask
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2014
I has to be said that today (the 21st of July) is our national day. I would love to say that there are too many stereotypes but no, this quiz is rather nice. And yes, I ate waffles today ;).
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2014
It also has to be mentionned somewhere that the original name of the "smurfs" is "schtroumpfs", a word created by André Franquin, one of the geniuses of belgian comics.
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Level 73
Jul 21, 2014
It's actually Peyo the creator of the Smurfs, not franquin
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Level 80
Jul 21, 2014
Peyo created the characters, not their name ;).
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Level 70
Jul 21, 2014
I've lived in Belgium for nearly 18 years and can't believe I didn't get 100 percent on this one. I guess that is what I get for never reading Agatha Christie.
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Level 70
Jul 21, 2017
The irony of this is that Georges Simenon (Belgian) is somewhere around the 6th best-selling author of all time - and he wrote largely in the same genre as Christie. Inspector Maigret might not be as well known in the English-speaking world, but I'd bet he's bigger in Belgium.
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Level 60
Jul 13, 2015
Stupid Flanders
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2016
The smurfs are Belgian? There's one reason to hate the country. ;)
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2017
Not to mention Brussels Sprouts.
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
There are so many reasons to hate Belgium.
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Level 80
May 23, 2020
Our comics are not one of them :p. But indeed, the smurfs are not the best. Peyo wasted his talent doing them, imo.
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2020
Actually the comics of the Smurf were from belgium but the bad movies were made in the us
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Level 43
May 21, 2016
I missed Tintin in this one:)
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Added Tintin.
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2020
You might wanna specify that it's a fictional intrepid reporter you're looking for. I kept racking my brains for a famous TV personality.
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Level 70
Mar 7, 2017
Is not Amsterdam famous for it's canals also??? Must have tried that five times.
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Level 18
Aug 26, 2020
Amsterdam is in Holand. Not in Belgium.
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Level 70
Mar 7, 2017
I hang my head in shame as I realize what I just did.
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Level 78
May 22, 2020
If it's any consolation, I got to about the "R" in Amsterdam before I realized...D'Oh!!!
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Level 28
Jul 21, 2017
Trappist monks make, most famously, silence ;)
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Level 73
Aug 6, 2018
Exactly. My first guesses were "vow of silence", "no noise", "a promise to keep quiet". Then I got it.
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Level 67
Dec 9, 2019
How do you make silence, and really when you say trappist, first thing that comes to mind is beer. But I guess in a lot of countries special draft beers are not that common and people might not know that there is a whole world out there of beers that arent watery low percentage stuff.
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Level 80
Sep 20, 2020
Nobody makes silence. Some monks neglect to disturb it.
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Level 60
Jul 21, 2017
You had to bring up Congo, didn't you?
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2017
i was missing poirot because only detective who came to my mind was Maigret who is actually (and fictionally, of course) French. In my defense his creator, Simenon, was belgian.
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Level 49
Jul 21, 2017
No mention of Eddy Merckx?
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Level 48
Jul 21, 2017
Can Bruxelles (French for Brussels) be accepted as type-in?
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Yes, sorry that it took so long.
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Level 77
Jul 21, 2017
I think the clue for the Belgian colony should be adjusted. I first typed "DRC," which is the former Belgian Congo's present day name, in abbreviated version. I then typed Rwanda. I ultimately did type Congo; didn't bother with Burundi. Given that there are three countries in Africa that are former Belgian colonies, I think this needs some rephrasing.
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2017
This quiz wins the award for Most Gratuitous Use Of The Word 'Belgium' In A Serious [Quiz]!
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Level 50
Jul 21, 2017
Please accept Schtroumpfs for Smurfs
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2017
Couldn't Tin-Tin also be considered a fictional detective?
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Level 58
Jul 21, 2017
he was a journalist. Thompson and Thomson were the detectives
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Level 78
Jul 22, 2017
Today I learned that I can't spell Bruges properly.
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Level 70
Jul 23, 2017
Some great soccer players but my favourite is 'Kevin De Bruyne'
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Level 30
Oct 15, 2020
Eden Hazard?
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2017
I've never heard of Mayonnaise being trailer trash food. But then I guess, life experience trumps all.
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Level 38
May 11, 2018
Did not know Smurfs come from Belgium!
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Level 80
Sep 20, 2020
That's why they're a bunch of Jew-hating communists.
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Level 56
Nov 10, 2018
No mention of Tintin or Sax? For shame!
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Added Tintin.
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Level 59
Nov 16, 2018
'Elgium. °_°
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Level 79
May 22, 2020
Hmm yes, Belgium, the beautiful city :) Quote: Some U.S. president
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Level 64
May 23, 2020
Jean Claude Van Damme should definitely have other type ins. I kept trying Dame and it wouldn’t accept!
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Level ∞
May 23, 2020
Okay
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Level 59
Sep 21, 2020
I was missing the E on the end. Had to google the spelling.
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Level 51
Jun 21, 2020
Wow! Never knew Quizmaster would EVER feature a quiz about Belgium :)
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Level ∞
Sep 16, 2020
People need to be educated about the Belgian menace which threatens world peace and stability.
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Level 37
Jul 3, 2020
So Poirot is fiction but Tintin isn't? I AGREE!
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2020
Disappointed that I forgot about René Magritte even though I went to a museum in Brussels last summer that displayed his paintings, including the one depicting the pipe!
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Level 70
Sep 22, 2020
It's not a pipe!
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Level 18
Aug 11, 2020
Hello, @alberici! I created a quiz inspired by yours, but I forgot to ask you in advance. This is the link. Do you allow? Sorry not to ask before...
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Level 72
Sep 20, 2020
Why wasn’t James Ensor included? He’s Belgium’s famous painter. Dig him up and shake his hand. Appreciate the man.
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Level 58
Sep 20, 2020
Tintin never visited Sydney, he was just on a flight to it. Replace it with Congo or India.
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Level 56
Sep 20, 2020
Can you accept Walloon Region as well as Wallonia, because both these are used?
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Level 80
Sep 20, 2020
Didn't know the current monarch's name. Guessed Leopold. That didn't work.
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Level 58
Sep 21, 2020
I'm not 100% sure but in the album "Flight 714 to Sydney", Tintin precisely does not reach Sydney because of the kidnapping, the volcano, the aliens etc...
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Level 26
Sep 22, 2020
Yes, I totally agree. I’m almost sure it’s true.
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Level 63
Sep 22, 2020
Mmmmm moules-frites. Delicious. Only ever had them in Lille, France (pretty close to Belgium border)
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Level 30
Oct 15, 2020
Heyyyyy, this quiz is too belgium-centric hahahaha