Antwerp ( Dutch: , Antwerpen French: ) is the northernmost Anvers province both of the Flemish Region, also called Flanders, and of Belgium.
Antwerp is largest city of the province and its capital; the Port of Antwerp is part of the city.
The modern province of Antwerp was the old
Deux-Nèthes department, created in 1795 during the First French Empire in the northern part of the Duchy of Brabant.
In 1815, during the creation of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands, the territory became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands as the province of Central Brabant, distinguishing it from North Brabant and South Brabant. In 1830, after Belgium's independence the province was renamed Antwerp (after its major city and capital).
The province of Antwerp borders on the
Netherlands and the Belgian provinces of Limburg, Flemish Brabant and East Flanders.
The province has an area of 2,867 km
2 (1,107 sq mi) with a population of 1,781,904 and a density of 621.5 inhabitants per km². The northernmost point of the province (and also of Belgium) is in Meersel-Drove with the coordinates  . 51°30′N 4°46′E / 51.5°N 4.767°E
The capital and largest city is
Antwerp, also the largest city in the Flemish Region.
Its highest point is Beerzelberg, 51.6 m (169.3 ft) high, in the
municipality of Putte, Mechelen district. The lowest point of the province with 4 m (13.1 ft) high, lies in the valley of the Grote Nete river near Lier.
The main river in the province is the
Scheldt ( Dutch: Schelde, French: ). Others rivers are Escaut Rupel, Grote Nete, Kleine Nete.
The province of Antwerp is divided into three
( arrondissements Antwerp, Mechelen and Turnhout) and a total of 70 municipalities.
Map of the municipalities of Antwerp
(names are in the following table)
Population on 1 January of each year.
Province of Antwerp