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What is national anthem of Belgium?

The Belgian national anthem, which goes by its original French name of ‘La Brabançonne’, was written around the year 1830.

According to legend, a young revolutionary called ‘Jenneval’, whose real name was Alexandre Duchet, came up with the lyrics during the Belgian Revolution.

In the same year, Belgian composer François Van Campenhout decided he liked Jenneval’s lyrics, and composed an accompanying piece of music. The music was based on the tune of a French song by poet Eugène de Pradel, called ‘L’Air des lanciers polonais’ (The Tune of the Polish Lancers).

In 1860, Belgium’s then-prime minister, Charles Rogier, edited out lyrics which condemned the Dutch Prince of Orange, and added his own fourth verse. The country then formally adopted the song as its national anthem.

Lyrics to the national anthem of Belgium

English translation:

O beloved Belgium, sacred land of our fathers,

Our heart and soul are dedicated to you.

Our strength and the blood of our veins we offer,

Be our goal, in work and battle.

Prosper, O country, in unbreakable unity,

Always be yourself and free.

Trust in the word that, undaunted, you can speak:

For King, for Freedom and for Law.

For King, for Freedom and for Law.

French version:

Ô Belgique, ô mère chérie,

À toi nos cœurs, à toi nos bras,

À toi notre sang, ô Patrie !

Nous le jurons tous, tu vivras !

Tu vivras toujours grande et belle

Et ton invincible unité

Aura pour devise immortelle :

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Aura pour devise immortelle :

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Dutch version:

O dierbaar België, O heilig land der Vad'ren,

Onze ziel en ons hart zijn u gewijd.

Aanvaard ons kracht en bloed van ons ad'ren,

Wees ons doel in arbeid en in strijd.

Bloei, o land, in eendracht niet te breken;

Wees immer uzelf en ongeknecht,

Het woord getrouw, dat g' onbevreesd moogt spreken,

Voor Vorst, voor Vrijheid en voor Recht!

Het woord getrouw, dat g' onbevreesd moogt spreken,

Voor Vorst, voor Vrijheid en voor Recht!

Voor Vorst, voor Vrijheid en voor Recht!

Voor Vorst, voor Vrijheid en voor Recht!

German version:

O liebes Land, o Belgiens Erde,

Dir unser Herz, Dir unsere Hand,

Dir unser Blut, dem Heimatherde,

wir schworen's Dir, o Vaterland!

So blühe froh in voller Schöne,

zu der die Freiheit Dich erzog,

und fortan singen Deine Söhne:

"Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!"

und fortan singen Deine Söhne:

"Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!"

"Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!"

"Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!"

Trilingual version:

O dierbaar België, O heilig land der Vaad'ren,

Onze ziel en ons hart zijn u gewijd.

À toi notre sang, ô Patrie !

Nous le jurons tous, tu vivras !

So blühe froh in voller Schöne,

zu der die Freiheit Dich erzog,

und fortan singen Deine Söhne:

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Het woord getrouw, dat g' onbevreesd moogt spreken,

Voor Vorst, voor Vrijheid en voor Recht!

Gesetz und König und die Freiheit hoch!

Le Roi, la Loi, la Liberté !

Why does Belgium's national anthem have lots of versions in different languages?

THEY SPEAK FRENCH AND DUTCH (AND A LITTLE GERMAN)

Brussels, a bilingual city, speaks mostly French.

Belgium is divided into two geographical regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south. However, in Flanders, their Dutch language is commonly called Flemish. Brussels (the capital city – it's not the other way around) sits more or less in the middle on the country just between the two and (technically speaking) is bilingual (although I found much more French to be spoken here). I spent most of my time between Brussels and Flanders where English served to get me around just fine.

And thanks to Johanna in the comments, we now also know that there's a small piece of Belgium near the German border where they speak German – the third official language of the country.

Facts about Belgium

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PROSTITUTION IS LEGAL

It's difficult to take pictures when your head is hung in shame.

It turns out that the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam is not the only place in Europe to (legally) pay to have sex with a stranger – Belgians are on board with the prostitution racket as well. Maybe it's because all the foreign dignitaries need some company while they are away from their families (I'm looking at you, Obama), or maybe it's because they don't want the Dutch having all the fun. Regardless, if you're feeling particularly lonely on your Eurotrip, know that there will always be friends waiting for you in Belgium.

ITS FLAG IS DIFFERENT THAN GERMANY'S

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Flags can be challenging for a lot of people. Personally, I rather enjoy learning countries’ flags (I think my current favorite is South Korea), but I will admit that many flags out there bear a strikingly similar resemblance to one another. Belgium’s flag is three, equal width, vertical stripes of black, yellow, and red – in that order from left to right. Germany’s flag bears these same colors, but with horizontal stripes (it is very similar to the French/Dutch flag situation). If you find yourself having difficulties, then just remember that It's like if the German flag and the Dutch flag made the sex and had a baby.

BARS NEVER CLOSE

Still need a couple more drinks to work up the courage to ask that prostitute for twenty minutes behind the curtain? Well thankfully in Belgium you need not worry about the bar closing down on you because the country does not have a legally mandated bar time (aka last call). If you haven't already deduced the implication of this (then apart from being drunk yourself – cheers), I will make it easy for you: bars never have to close. Rest assured that you will have plenty of time to enjoy the seemingly endless variety of Belgian beer.

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