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Belgium Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of Belgium.
Last updated: January 29, 2017
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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
Bordering sea
North Sea
Bordering countries
France
Germany
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Clue
Answer
Little blue comic figures
The Smurfs
Fictional 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
What Belgians put on their fries
Mayonnaise
If you eat Moules-frites, you are
eating this animal
Mussels
Former African colony
Belgian Congo
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level 50
May 4, 2014
Flemish (although pretty much Dutch) is the language that is spoken in Belgium.
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level 25
Jun 18, 2014
*one of the languages that are spoken in Belgium.
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level 65
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 29
Sep 29, 2014
flemish is a dialect, it's like saying antwerps or gents is a language
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level 45
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 79
Sep 8, 2016
When comparing the two, I would absolutely call what Americans speak as American rather than English, and what Britons speak as British. But again, that is only while distinguishing between the two dialects.
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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 66
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 75
Jul 21, 2017
I left off the last "s"
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level 80
Jun 27, 2014
Not sure how I wrote "mussles" but I know I didn't get it despite knowing.
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level 75
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 77
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 66
Jul 21, 2017
In my experience, nothing can bring Belgians together like the term "french fries."
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level 38
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 67
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 70
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 55
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 77
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 77
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 69
Jul 21, 2014
It's actually Peyo the creator of the Smurfs, not franquin
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level 77
Jul 21, 2014
Peyo created the characters, not their name ;).
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level 68
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 66
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 78
Jul 21, 2017
Not to mention Brussels Sprouts.
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level 44
May 21, 2016
I missed Tintin in this one:)
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level 55
Jul 21, 2017
I tried Tintin for fictional detective!
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level 55
Jul 21, 2017
Though I guess Thomson and Thompson (Dupont and Dupond) would be more accurate, haha.
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level 45
Oct 17, 2016
Flemish should be accepted.
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level 52
Jan 12, 2017
I'm from flanders and flemish is not a language but a dialect ! Dutch is our language.
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level 67
Mar 7, 2017
Is not Amsterdam famous for it's canals also??? Must have tried that five times.
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level 10
Jun 5, 2017
Amsterdam is not located in Belgium, it is the capital of the Netherlands...
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level 67
Mar 7, 2017
I hang my head in shame as I realize what I just did.
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level 30
Jul 21, 2017
Trappist monks make, most famously, silence ;)
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level 70
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 55
Jul 21, 2017
You had to bring up Congo, didn't you?
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level 66
Jul 21, 2017
Did anyone try Rwanda or Burundi? Did they work as well?
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level 73
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 46
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 70
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 61
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 47
Jul 21, 2017
Please accept Schtroumpfs for Smurfs
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level 54
Jul 21, 2017
Couldn't Tin-Tin also be considered a fictional detective?
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level 56
Jul 21, 2017
he was a journalist. Thompson and Thomson were the detectives
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level 70
Jul 21, 2017
What?! No Divock Origi or Simon Mignolet? The 2 greatest living Belgians?!! (hehehe)

YNWA
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level 77
Jul 21, 2017
I'm Belgian and have never heard of the latter ;).
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level 75
Jul 22, 2017
Today I learned that I can't spell Bruges properly.
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level 67
Jul 23, 2017
Some great soccer players but my favourite is 'Kevin De Bruyne'
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level 38
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 51
Oct 9, 2017
I second all comments regarding Tintin as a detective
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level 38
May 11, 2018
Did not know Smurfs come from Belgium!
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level 53
Nov 10, 2018
No mention of Tintin or Sax? For shame!
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level 55
Nov 16, 2018
'Elgium. °_°