Namur (province)

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Coordinates: 50°28′N 4°52′E / 50.467°N 4.867°E / 50.467; 4.867
Namur
Province of Belgium
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Namur, the citadel and the Meuse.
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Flag
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Coat of arms
Country  Belgium
Region  Wallonia
Capital Namur
 - coordinates 50°28′N 4°52′E / 50.467°N 4.867°E / 50.467; 4.867
Highest point Croix-Scaille
 - location Gedinne, Dinant, Namur
 - elevation 504 m (1,654 ft)
 - coordinates 49°57′03″N 4°50′44″E / 49.95083°N 4.84556°E / 49.95083; 4.84556
Area 3,666 km² (1,415 sq mi)
Population 480,105 (1 January 2012) [1]
Density 131 /km² (339 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 3 Arrondissements
38 Municipalities
Governor Denis Mathen
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 5000–5999
ISO 3166-2 BE-WNA
Location of the Namur province
Location of the Namur province
Website: Official site

Namur (Dutch: Namen; Walloon: Nameur) is a province of Belgium on the border with France. It is one of the five provinces of Wallonia, the predominantly French-speaking southern region of Belgium.

History[change | change source]

The origin of the province of Namur goes back to 1795, when the Austrian Netherlands and the Principality of Liège joint the French Republic; they were made part of the old department of Sambre-et-Meuse.

At the fall of the First French Empire, the department is dissolved and replaced by the Province of Namur, at the time of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The province of Namur was one of the province created by the Constitution of 24 August 1815 of the Kingdom.

When the United Kingdom of the Netherlands ended after the 1830 Belgian Revolution, the province of Namur became part of the new Kingdom of Belgium.

Geography[change | change source]

Namur borders (clockwise from the West) on the Walloon provinces of Hainaut, Walloon Brabant, Liège and Luxembourg in Belgium, and on France.

The total area of the province is 3,666 km2 (1,415 sq mi) with 480,105 inhabitants,[1] and a population density of 131 inhabitants per km². The highest point of the province is Croix-Scaille, with an altitude of 504 m (1,654 ft) (49°57′03″N 4°50′44″E / 49.95083°N 4.84556°E / 49.95083; 4.84556) above sea level.

Its capital is the city of Namur; other important cities are Dinant, Philippeville, Gembloux, Ciney and Andenne.

Administrative division[change | change source]

The province of Namur is divided into 3 arrondissements and a total of 38 municipalities.

Map of the municipalities of Namur
(names are in the following table)
Municipalities by arrondissements, with their numbers in the map
Dinant Namur Philippeville
Arrondissement Dinant Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Namur Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Philippeville Belgium Map.png

Population by arrondissement[change | change source]

Population on 1 January of each year.[2]

Arrondissement 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012[1]
Dinant 104,017 104,719 105,378 105,998 107,099 107,593
Namur 294,320 296,494 298,835 301,472 304,287 306,672
Philippeville 63,646 64,167 64,392 64,811 65,449 65,840
Province of Namur 461,983 465,380 468,605 472,281 476,835 480,105

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