Flemish Brabant

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Coordinates: 50°53′N 04°42′E / 50.883°N 4.700°E / 50.883; 4.700
Flemish Brabant (Dutch: Vlaams-Brabant
French: Brabant flamand
Province of Belgium
Leuven Town Hall.
Leuven Town Hall.
Flemish Brabant Flag.png
Wapen van Vlaams-Brabant.svg
Coat of arms
Country  Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Capital Leuven
 - coordinates 50°53′N 04°42′E / 50.883°N 4.700°E / 50.883; 4.700
Highest point Walshoutem
 - location Landen, Leuven, Flemish Brabant
 - elevation 137.33 m (451 ft)
Area 2,106 km² (813 sq mi)
Population 1,121,693 (1 January 2016) [1]
Density 533 /km² (1,380 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 2 Arrondissements
65 Municipalities
Governor Lode De Witte
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 1500-1999 / 3000–3499
ISO 3166-2 BE-VBR
Location of the Flemish Brabant province
Location of the Flemish Brabant province
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.

Its capital, and also the largest city of the province, is the university city of Leuven (French: Louvain, often used in English).

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[2] (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.[3] 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 borders on (clockwise from the North) the Belgian provinces of Antwerp, Limburg, Liège, Walloon Brabant, Hainaut and East Flanders.

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 1,121,693[1] and a density of 532.6 inhabitants per km². The province is divided into two districts (arrondissements in French and arrondissementen in Dutch) with 65 municipalities.

The main rivers of the province are the Dyle, the Demer and the Zenne.

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.

Map of the municipalities of Flemish Brabant
(names are in the following table)
Leuven, the university library.
Municipalities by arrondissements,
with their numbers in the map
Halle-Vilvoorde Leuven
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Leuven Belgium Map.png

Population by arrondissement[change | change source]

Population on 1 January of each year.[4]

Arrondissement 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012[1]
Hal-Vilvorde 580,407 584,416 588,743 593,455 598,944 604,097
Leuven 472,060 475,816 480,095 483,469 487,502 490,654
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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. "Histoire". Province du Brabant wallon (in French). Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. "History". Provincie Vlaams-Brabant. Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. Institut National de Statistique - Direction générale Statistique et Information économique

Other websites[change | change source]