DAY05

Brussels, Belgium

Amsterdam, Netherlands

03:07

TRAVEL TIME

155 mi

DISTANCE

20 L

FUEL AMOUNT

Friday 2 October 2020

Belgium & The Netherlands

Day five on the Road to 2021 was productive. The team started in Brussels after a decent night's sleep, looking forward to the days to come in mainland Europe. They saw some of the sights of Belgium's capital and Europe's de facto capital, including the Porte de Hal, Palace de Justice and the Place Royale.

The crew interviewed Minakem at the Universite libre de Bruxelles, Centrient Pharmaceuticals in The Hague after they passed into The Netherlands, and met long-term friend Stuart Morrison of Screen Europe in Amsterdam to end the day. This made it a short drive of just 155 miles but some very picturesque and historic scenery, not to mention modern, international centers of parliament, justice and life sciences in the BeNe region.

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Belgium

Belgium

POPULATION

11M

1.47% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

81.6YRS

4

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Near universal

Health expenditure per capita

3554

about €704 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 15%

Obesity 16%

Alcohol 27%

Alcohol

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Heart Disease

58.8%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Georges Lemaitre

Georges Lemaitre  (1894-1966)

Proposed what later became known as the “Big Bang Theory” of the origin of the universe.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

POPULATION

17M

2.27% of Euro population

LIFE EXPECTANCY

81.8YRS

>3

Increase since 2000

HEALTH SYSTEM

Universal

Health expenditure per capita

3791

about €941 above the EU average

PRIMARY RISK
FACTORS

Smoking 17%

Obesity 13%

Smoking

LEADING CAUSE
OF DEATH

Lung Cancer

64.9%

Decrease since 2000

FAMOUS FIGURES

Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek

Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek  (1632-1723)

Considered the father of microbiology, Anthonie is credited with discovering single-celled organisms, and also observing muscle fibers, blood flow, and bacteria.