Robert Pelton Young is apparently full of shit, because Belgium is the most dangerous place in the world (at least in terms of the number of people killed per capita by natural disasters). I always had a suspicion that the peaceful countryside was a facade.
Somewhat more seriously, because I don’t want to just crack wise about human tragedy, this is pretty surprising stuff. Assuming the figures are correct, and given Belgium’s tiny population of 10.4m people, this strikes me as a classic example of high variation in a small sample.
[Update] Turns out the Belgium may not be nearly as dangerous as this study says. Matter of fact, as a commenter on the above article points out, the most dangerous place — at least for mathematicians and statisticians — may be the University of Leuven from which these figures originated. It looks like they may have screwed some simple math.