Hainaut Province

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Hainaut
Hainaut  (French)
Heynowes
Flag of Hainaut
Coat of arms of Hainaut
Location of Hainaut
Coordinates: 50°30′N 3°55′E / 50.5°N 3.92°E / 50.5; 3.92Coordinates: 50°30′N 3°55′E / 50.5°N 3.92°E / 50.5; 3.92
Country Belgium
Region Wallonia
CapitalMons
Largest cityCharleroi
Government
 • GovernorTommy Leclercq (PS)
Area
 • Total3,813 km2 (1,472 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2022)[2]
 • Total1,351,127
 • Density354/km2 (920/sq mi)
HDI (2018)0.888[3]
very high · 11th of 11
Websiteportail.hainaut.be

Hainaut [4] (French: Hainaut, Dutch: Henegouwen, German: Hennegau, Picard: Hénau, Walloon: Hinnot, West Flemish: Enegouwn) is a province of the Walloon Region, one of the three regions of Belgium. Its capital is the city of Mons.

It is the westernmost province of the Walloon Region.

Geography[change | change source]

To the south of the province of Hainaut lies the French Nord department, while within Belgium it borders (clockwise from the North) on the Flemish provinces of West Flanders, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant and the Wallonian provinces of Walloon Brabant and Namur.

The province has an area of 3,813 square kilometres (1,472 square miles) with a population of about 1,351,000 in 2022. It is the province of the Walloon Region with the highest population.

The province of Hainaut is divided into seven arrondissements (arrondissementen in Dutch) with 69 municipalities.

The altitude of the province is between 10 metres (32.8 feet), in Celles, and 365 metres (1,197.5 feet), in L'Escaillère.

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

The province of Hainaut is divided into seven arrondissements (Ath, Charleroi, La Louvière, Mons, Soignies, Thuin, and Tournai-Mouscron) and a total of 69 municipalities.

Map of the municipalities of Hainaut
(names are in the following table)
Municipalities by arrondissements, with their numbers in the map
Ath Charleroi La Louvière Mons
Arrondissement Ath Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Charleroi Belgium Map.png Arrondissement La Louvière Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Mons Belgium Map.png
Soignies Thuin Tournai-Mouscron
Arrondissement Soignies Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Thuin Belgium Map.png Arrondissement Tournai-Mouscron Belgium Map.png

Population by arrondissement[change | change source]

Population x 1,000 (on 1 January since 1980).[5]

Arrondissement 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
Ath ² 75 78 77 79 84 128
Charleroi ² 459 444 426 421 425 397
La Louvière ¹ 138 136 134 135 137 141
Mons 263 261 253 249 252 259
Soignies ² 164 167 167 173 183 105
Thuin ² 136 141 143 146 149 92
Tournai-Mouscron ¹ 217 214 212 211 217 224
Province of Hainaut 1,317 1,309 1,278 1,279 1,310 1,347

¹ Established in 2019.

² Change of municipalities in 2019.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bodembezetting volgens het Kadasterregister". statbel.fgov.be.
  2. "Structuur van de bevolking". statbel.fgov.be.
  3. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Official name is Province de Hainaut (French).
  5. Institut national de statistique - Direction générale Statistique et information économique

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