2013 BRUSSELS MARATHON, BELGIUM: 4:18:06 (2013-10-06)


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Capital: Brussels

Population: 11,1 million

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Belgium:

Adolphe Sax (inventor of the saxophone), Eddy Merckx (cyclist), Kim Clijsters (tennis), Jacky Ickx (racing driver), Enzo Scifo (soccer), Jean-Michel Saive (table tennis)

Fun facts about Belgium:

It offers over 1.000 different beers from 150 breweries acclaimed for their variety, flavour and character. Most beers have their own glass in which only that beer may be served.

Belgians drink an average of 150 litres of beer per person per year.

It produces 220,000 tons of chocolate per year, which is about 22kg of chocolate per Belgian. The Brussels’ International Airport is the world’s largest chocolate selling point.

Brussels has 138 restaurants per square mile.

There are more castles per square kilometre in Belgium than in any other country.

The scene of Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo was in Belgium.

It was the place for the world’s first recorded lottery, to raise money for the poor.

The comic strip Tintin originated from Belgium and has been in existence for 70 years with 200 million books sold worldwide.

The saxophone was invented in the early 1840′s by Adolphe Sax (1814-1894) in the city of Dinanti, Belgium.

80 percent of billiard players use Belgian-made balls.

It is the world’s largest diamond trading centre.

Both the name of the euro currency and the design of the € symbol were proposed by Belgians.

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Be sure to book accommodation in time. Brussels is a popular weekend destination in Europe.