Belgium Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Belgium?
Quiz by alberici
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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 29
Jun 18, 2014
*one of the languages that are spoken in Belgium.
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Level 77
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 27
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 74
Sep 20, 2020
Guys, with "british & american english" this person obviously meant "british english and american english"
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Level 79
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 83
Jul 21, 2017
I left off the last "s"
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Level 81
Jun 27, 2014
Not sure how I wrote "mussles" but I know I didn't get it despite knowing.
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Level 83
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 84
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 73
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 71
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 77
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 66
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 67
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 83
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 77
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 87
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 83
Sep 23, 2020
and mentioned in the context of something weird you might see in France.
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Level 74
Oct 27, 2021
Plenty of people in the UK put mayo on chips, especially when they are sold as 'fries' rather than chips, like in most fast-food outlets.
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2022
"and mentioned in the context of something weird you might see in France"--actually it was Amsterdam that Vince was telling Jules about
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2022
I'll take your word for it. My 2nd least favorite Tarantino film.
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Level 25
Jul 21, 2022
As a Brit, I love mayo on my chips!
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Level 23
Feb 16, 2020
I actually see a lot more ketchup on our fries than mayo
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Level 52
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 68
May 21, 2020
I mean, it's delicious. I'm more of a vinegar fan myself though.
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Level 78
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 73
May 28, 2020
Salt and an absolute lake of vinegar is the way to go
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Level 74
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 83
Sep 20, 2020
I enjoy a good barbecue sauce. Or some tabasco.
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Level 74
Oct 27, 2021
Yep, can't argue with that. Any kind of spicy sauce is good.
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Level 83
Jul 21, 2022
spicy mustard, too. Which I always felt like I was alone in liking on fries, but recently discovered is popular in Morocco.
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Level 67
Jul 21, 2022
I occasionally have mustard on mine but don't know anybody else that does. Actually, mustard is good on pretty much anything in my opinion
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Level 76
May 22, 2020
In my region we eat fries 'red-white' (with both ketchup and mayo).
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Level 84
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 84
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 84
Jul 21, 2014
Peyo created the characters, not their name ;).
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Level 73
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 73
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 61
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 87
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 84
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 66
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 42
May 21, 2016
I missed Tintin in this one:)
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Added Tintin.
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Level 72
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 74
Mar 7, 2017
Is not Amsterdam famous for it's canals also??? Must have tried that five times.
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Level 36
Aug 26, 2020
Amsterdam is in Holand. Not in Belgium.
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Level 40
Jun 22, 2022
You are correct if you mean one of the two provinces, but if you mean the country, please call it the Netherlands
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Level 36
Jul 22, 2022
i’m truly ashamed by my older comments
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Level 74
Mar 7, 2017
I hang my head in shame as I realize what I just did.
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Level 83
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 77
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 83
Sep 20, 2020
Nobody makes silence. Some monks neglect to disturb it.
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Level 63
Jul 21, 2017
You had to bring up Congo, didn't you?
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Level 91
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 48
Jul 21, 2017
No mention of Eddy Merckx?
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Level 49
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 81
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 65
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 69
Jan 2, 2022
it's very prestigious
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Level 50
Jul 21, 2017
Please accept Schtroumpfs for Smurfs
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Level 64
Jul 21, 2017
Couldn't Tin-Tin also be considered a fictional detective?
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Level 61
Jul 21, 2017
he was a journalist. Thompson and Thomson were the detectives
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Level 81
Jul 22, 2017
Today I learned that I can't spell Bruges properly.
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Level 71
Jul 23, 2017
Some great soccer players but my favourite is 'Kevin De Bruyne'
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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 83
Sep 20, 2020
That's why they're a bunch of Jew-hating communists.
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Level 65
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 76
May 30, 2021
LUV Tin Tin!
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Level 66
Nov 16, 2018
'Elgium. °_°
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Level 84
May 22, 2020
Hmm yes, Belgium, the beautiful city :)

Quote: Some U.S. president

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Level 76
May 30, 2021
Let me guess, does that president's name rhyme with Cush?
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Level 67
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 64
Sep 21, 2020
I was missing the E on the end. Had to google the spelling.
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Level 54
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 51
Mar 24, 2021
I thought that this would be the sole one not to featured, possibly even deleted.
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Level 51
May 14, 2021
In fact, I thought Aaron197 would be banned.
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Level 68
Jul 3, 2020
So Poirot is fiction but Tintin isn't? I AGREE!
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Level 76
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 72
Sep 22, 2020
It's not a pipe!
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Level 76
May 30, 2021
It's a representation of a pipe!
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Level 36
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 63
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 64
Sep 20, 2020
Can you accept Walloon Region as well as Wallonia, because both these are used?
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Level 83
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 50
Sep 22, 2020
Yes, I totally agree. I’m almost sure it’s true.
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Level 67
Sep 22, 2020
Mmmmm moules-frites. Delicious. Only ever had them in Lille, France (pretty close to Belgium border)
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Level 57
May 10, 2022
Mayonnaise? Why Belgium, WHY????? THE FRIES......
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Level 67
Jul 21, 2022
How dare you call Belgium the worst country in the world? The United States can learn a whole lot from little Belgium. Not in the least a good social security system. You listened too much to your former president who called Brussels a hell-hole. I invite you to come to Belgium and experience the worst country in the world. Chances that you don't want to return are fairly big, believe me.
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Level 40
Jul 21, 2022
It's not coming from the US. It was one person. No need to start a flame war bt Belgians and Americans.
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Level 61
Jul 21, 2022
Yep. Chances of not returning to Belgium are very high. It’s a real scary place.
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Level 84
Jul 21, 2022
I don't know why the Quizmaster pretends to hate Belgium, but it has nothing to do with Trump, it must be more personal, though I guess it's rather become just a recurring joke now.
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Level 47
Jul 21, 2022
Again, there's an inside joke on JetPunk about the Quizmaster hating Belgium
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Level 64
Jul 21, 2022
Calm down dude
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Level 40
Jul 21, 2022
I think 'smurf' should be accepted
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Level 19
Jul 21, 2022
What's up with this "worst country in the world"??
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Level 63
Jul 21, 2022
Yeah what the hell... It's a failing state yes, but 'worst'?? How about Afghanistan, Somalia or even the USA?
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Level 64
Jul 21, 2022
I cannot roll my eyes any harder than I am currently
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Level 61
Jul 21, 2022
Belgium is absolutely horrible. One of the highest crime rates in the world. I mean, just look at the flag. Red for the bloodshed of gang violence, gold for the greed of the Belgian people, and black for the death of millions that occurs every year due to poverty and rampant diseases.
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Level 47
Jul 21, 2022
There's an inside joke on JetPunk about the Quizmaster hating Belgium
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Level 50
Jul 21, 2022
Could Flemish Region be accepted for Flanders as a type in, since it even has a wikipedia article?
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Level 66
Jul 26, 2022
technically it's correct. we call it "La Flandre" or "la Région Flamande" (in dutch "Vlaanderen" or "Vlaams Gewest")
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Level 32
Jul 21, 2022
B🤢lgium, such a horrible place to live
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Level 35
Jul 21, 2022
I am blaming a childhood spent watching "Clueless" on my inability to name a painter of fleshy women beyond Botticelli.