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Culture of Belgium

People in Belgium speak the Dutch, German, and French languages. The linguistic diversity of Belgium is rather diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Belgium is 0.5409. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 97.5% of Belgium's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Belgium. The rate of urbanization in Belgium is considered to be 0.3. According to data on inbound tourists in Belgium, 7,684,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of Belgium is called 'The Brabançonne'. It was adopted in 1830. The lyrics have been written by Jenneval (Louis-Alexandre Dechet) and the music has been composed by François Van Campenhout.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in Belgium was opened on 21 March 1978, and it was located in Brussels. At the moment Belgium has 67 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 22% of the population of Belgium are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of Belgium consume 0.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 49.2% beer, 36.3% wine, 14.4% distilled spirits, 0.1% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of Belgium is moules-frites. Other national dishes include belgian waffle.