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Belgium declared its independence from which country in 1830?
Netherlands - The 1830 London Conference of major European powers recognized Belgian independence, though it wasn't until 1839 that the Dutch accepted Belgian independence.
The formation of a coalition government took how many months following the June 2010 federal election?
18 - War-torn Iraq held the previous world record for length of time without a government.
After World War II, a general strike forced which king to abdicate, in 1951?
a. Albert I
b. Albert II
c. Leopold III
Leopold III - In World War II Leopold III surrendered the Belgian forces to the Germans, a controversial decision that would lead the government to ask Leopold's brother Charles to serve as prince regent.
Which former prime minister was designated the first permanent President of the European Council in 2009?
a. Jean-Luc Dehaene
b. Herman Van Rompuy
c. Donald Tusk
d. Guy Verhofstadt
Herman Van Rompuy - Van Rompuy finished his term in 2014, succeeded by Donald Tusk.
Bruges is the capital of which province?
a. West Flanders
West Flanders - The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
Which sixteenth-century man born in Brussels, then a part of the Habsburg Netherlands, wrote the influential book on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body)?
a. Cornelius Gemma
b. William Harvey
c. Andreas Vesalius
d. Rembert Dodoens
Andreas Vesalius - Vesalius was professor at the University of Padua and later became Imperial physician at the court of Emperor Charles V.
Which Belgian surrealist painted "The Treachery of Images" and "On the Threshold of Liberty"?
a. Salvador Dali
b. James Ensor
c. Rene Magritte
d. Paul Delvaux
Rene Magritte - Magritte's constant play with reality and illusion has been attributed to the early death of his mother by suicide when he was 13.
The Major Town Houses of which Belgian architect are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Brussels?
a. Henry van de Velde
b. Paul Hankar
c. Antoni Gaudí
d. Victor Horta
Victor Horta - The four town houses are Hotel Tassel, Hotel Solvay, Hotel van Eetvelde and Maison and Atelier Horta.
What is the capital city of Wallonia?
Namur - Wallonia is the predominantly French-speaking southern region of Belgium, which makes up 55 percent of the territory of Belgium but with only a third of its population.
Who directed Rosetta, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival?
a. Erik Van Looy
b. Stijn Coninx
c. Andre Delvaux
d. Jan-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Jan-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - In 2005, the pair won the Palme d'Or for a second time for the film L'Enfant (The Child).
Black, red and what other color can be found on the national flag of Belgium?
Yellow - The colors were taken from the coat of arms of the Duchy of Brabant.
Belgium shares borders with Luxembourg, France, Germany and which other country?
Netherlands - At 556 km, Belgium's longest border is shared with France.
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