|Flemish Brabant (Dutch: Vlaams-Brabant
French: Brabant flamand)
|Province of Belgium|
Leuven Town Hall.
|- location||Landen, Leuven, Flemish Brabant|
|- elevation||137.33 m (451 ft)|
|Area||2,106 km² (813 sq mi)|
|Population||1,094,751 (1 January 2012) |
|Density||520 /km² (1,347 /sq mi)|
|Governor||Lode De Witte|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal codes||1500-1999 / 3000–3499|
|Website: Official site|
Flemish Brabant (Dutch: Vlaams-Brabant, French: Brabant flamand) is the youngest and smallest province of the Flemish Region, one of the three regions of Belgium. It covers the Dutch-speaking northern part of the former province of Brabant. Flemish Brabant also completely surrounds the Brussels-Capital Region, which forms an enclave within the territory of the province.
History[change | change source]
Flemish in Flemish Brabant means that it is in the Flemish part of the former province of Brabant of Belgium. Brabant was an old region, the Duchy of Brabant. The word Brabant appears for the first time in the seventh century when the abbey of Nivelles was founded in the pagus Bracbatensis (pagus is a Latin word meaning a very small town, with only few houses).
Flemish Brabant was created in 1995 by the splitting of the former province of Brabant into three parts: two new provinces, Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant; and the Brussels-Capital Region, which no longer belongs to any province. The split was made to accommodate the eventual division of Belgium in three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region).
Geography[change | change source]
The province has an area of 2,106 km2 (813 sq mi); it is about 90 km (56 mi) long (east-west direction) and about 40 km (25 mi) wide (north-south direction).
It has a population of 1,094,751 and a density of 519.8 inhabitants per km². The province is divided into two districts (arrondissements in French and arrondissementen in Dutch) with 65 municipalities.
Administrative divisions[change | change source]
The province of Flemish Brabant is divided into two districts: Halle-Vilvoorde has Brussels in its middle and, therefore, is mainly a residential area, but it also has large industrial zones; the other district is Leuven, centered on the city of Leuven.
Population by arrondissement[change | change source]
Population on 1 January of each year.
|Province of Flemish Brabant||1,052,467||1,060,232||1,068,838||1,076,924||1,086,446||1,094,751|
References[change | change source]
- Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
- "Histoire" (in French). Province du Brabant wallon. http://www.brabantwallon.be/fr/la-Province/histoire.html. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "History". Provincie Vlaams-Brabant. http://www.vlaamsbrabant.be/en/getting-to-know/history/index.jsp. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- Institut National de Statistique - Direction générale Statistique et Information économique
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Flemish Brabant|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide about: Flemish Brabant|