Famous Belgians and Finns: 10 questions

  1. Which children’s characters were created by Finnish artist Tove Jansson, partly based on her experience of summer holidays on the island of Borga, near Helsinki?
  2. Which Belgian cyclist, widely considered one of the most successful road racers of all time, was nicknamed “The Cannibal” for his ruthless will to win?
  3. Which Finnish footballer won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, partnering Jamie Carragher in central defence?
  4. Which 20th century Belgian artist painted works such as The Pleasure Principle, The Pilgrim and The Treachery of Images?
  5. Finnish soldier and sniper Simo Häyhä is estimated to have killed over 500 soldiers of which country’s army in the 1939-1940 Winter War?
  6. Which politician served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 2008-2009, then as the first President of the European Council from 2009-2014, and is also noted for his love of composing haiku?
  7. Which racing driver, nicknamed The Flying Finn, was Formula 1 World Champion in 1998 and 1999?
  8. Which Belgian actor once sued a former colleague, Frank Dux, for slander after Dux accused him of lacking martial arts skills? The actor’s lawyer famously argued in court; “just look at his movies; he didn’t get those roles on his acting ability!”
  9. Which Finnish architect is best known for designing The Gateway to the West, a 192-metre high stainless steel arch located in St. Louis, Missouri?
  10. Which Belgian-born actress won an Academy Award for Roman Holiday in 1953? In later life she appeared in fewer films and focused on humanitarian work for UNICEF, for which she became a Goodwill Ambassador in 1992?

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  1. Which children’s characters were created by Finnish artist Tove Jansson, partly based on her experience of summer holidays on the island of Borga, near Helsinki?
    A: Moomins
  2. Which Belgian cyclist, widely considered one of the most successful road racers of all time, was nicknamed “The Cannibal” for his ruthless will to win?
    A: Eddy Merckx
  3. Which Finnish footballer won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, partnering Jamie Carragher in central defence?
    A: Sami Hyypia
  4. Which 20th century Belgian artist painted works such as The Pleasure Principle, The Pilgrim and The Treachery of Images?
    A: Rene Magritte
  5. Finnish soldier and sniper Simo Häyhä is estimated to have killed over 500 soldiers of which country’s army in the 1939-1940 Winter War?
    A: The Soviet Union
  6. Which politician served as Prime Minister of Belgium from 2008-2009, then as the first President of the European Council from 2009-2014, and is also noted for his love of composing haiku?
    A: Herman van Rompuy
  7. Which racing driver, nicknamed The Flying Finn, was Formula 1 World Champion in 1998 and 1999?
    A: Mika Hakkinen
  8. Which Belgian actor once sued a former colleague, Frank Dux, for slander after Dux accused him of lacking martial arts skills? The actor’s lawyer famously argued in court; “just look at his movies; he didn’t get those roles on his acting ability!”
    A: Jean Claude van Damme
  9. Which Finnish architect is best known for designing The Gateway to the West, a 192-metre high stainless steel arch located in St. Louis, Missouri?
    A: Eero Saarinen
  10. Which Belgian-born actress won an Academy Award for Roman Holiday in 1953? In later life she appeared in fewer films and focused on humanitarian work for UNICEF, for which she became a Goodwill Ambassador in 1992?
    A: Roman Holiday

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