Limburg (Belgium)

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Limburg
Province of Belgium
GrotemarktHasselt.jpg
Great Market place in Hassel.
Flag of Limburg (Belgium).svg
Flag
Wapen van Limburg (België).svg
Coat of arms
Country  Belgium
Region Flanders Flemish Region
Capital Hasselt
Highest point Remersdaal
 - location Voeren, Tongeren, Limberg
 - elevation 287.5 m (943 ft)
 - coordinates 50°43′53.51″N 5°52′51.05″E / 50.7315306°N 5.8808472°E / 50.7315306; 5.8808472
Area 2,414 km² (932 sq mi)
Population 849,404 (1 January 2012) [1]
Density 352 /km² (912 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 3 Arrondissements
44 Municipalities
Governor Herman Reynders
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 3500–3999
ISO 3166-2 BE-VLI
Location of the Limburg province
Location of the Limburg province
Website: Official site

Limburg is the easternmost of the five provinces of modern Flanders, which is one of the three main political and cultural sub-divisions of modern Belgium. Its capital is Hasselt.

Geography[change | edit source]

Limburg is located west of the Meuse (Dutch Maas) river, upon which it borders the similarly named province Limburg of the Netherlands. It also borders on the Walloon province of Liège to the south, with which it also has historical ties. To the north and west are the old territories of the Duchy of Brabant, the Flemish provinces of Flemish Brabant and Antwerp to the west, and the Dutch province of North Brabant to the north.

Roman paved road between Tongeren and Tienen.

The province of Limburg has an area of 2,414 km2 (932 sq mi) with a population of 849,404[1] and a density of 351.9 inhabitants per km². The province is divided into three arrondissements (arrondissementen in Dutch) with 44 municipalities. Among these municipalities are the current capital Hasselt, the early medieval capital Borgloon, Genk, Diepenbeek (home to Hasselt University), and Tongeren, the only Roman city in the province and regarded as the oldest city of Belgium.

The municipality of Voeren is geographically detached (an exclave) from Limburg and the rest of Flanders, with the Netherlands to the north and the Walloon province of Liège to the south. This municipality was established by the municipal reform of 1977.

The highest point of the province, 287.5 m (943.2 ft), is in the town of Remersdaal, Voeren municipality.

The centre of Belgian Limburg is crossed east to west by the Demer river and the Albert Canal, which run similar paths. The Demer river's drainage basin covers most of the central and southern part of the province, except for the southeastern corner, where the Jeker (in French: (le) Geer) runs past Tongeren and into the Maas river (in French: (la) Meuse) at Maastricht.

The eastern border of the province corresponds to the western side of the Maas, which originates in France. It's drainage basin includes not only the Jeker but most of the northern part of Belgian Limburg.

Administrative divisions[change | edit source]

The province of Limber is divided into 3 arrondissements (Hasselt, Maaseik and Tongeren) and a total of 44 municipalities.

Map of the municipalities of Limburg
(names are in the following table)
Municipalities by arrondissements, with their numbers in the map
Hasselt Maaseik Tongeren
Arrondissement Hasselt Belgium Map.png ArrMaaseikLocation.png Arrondissement Tongeren Belgium Map.png

Population by arrondissement[change | edit source]

Population on 1 January or on 1 July of each year.[2]

Arrondissement 01-07-2003 01-07-2004 01-07-2005 01-07-2006 01-01-2010 01-01-2012
Hasselt 389,171 391,124 393,460 396,403 408,370 414,401
Maaseik 223,335 224,622 225,770 227,245 232,735 235,305
Tongres 191,386 191,809 192,732 193,558 197,400 199,698
Province of Limbourg 803,892 807,555 811,962 817,206 838,505 849,404

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