On February 7, Belgium began issuing passports to its citizens with pictures from the most popular Belgian comics. As explained by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recognizable images from comic books will become the background for passport pages designed for visas or border crossing stamps.
The very first page of the document depicts a red rocket from the Tintin journalist comic book series. Then there are Smurfs, cowboy Lucky Luke and many other heroes, writes TASS. According to the head of Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmes, those comic strip characters were chosen that best represent the country.
Pictures from comic books are used to make the passport more reliable and difficult to forge. Compared to the 2007 sample document, the number of security elements has doubled to 48.
Belgium is considered to be one of the countries-creators of fashion for comics. They are very popular here and are considered a national art form.
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