Namur Province

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Namur
Namur  (French)
Flag of Namur
Coat of arms of Namur
Location of Namur
Coordinates: 50°28′N 04°51′E / 50.467°N 4.850°E / 50.467; 4.850Coordinates: 50°28′N 04°51′E / 50.467°N 4.850°E / 50.467; 4.850
Country Belgium
Region Wallonia
CapitalNamur
Government
 • GovernorDenis Mathen (MR)
Area
 • Total3,675 km2 (1,419 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2022)[2]
 • Total499,454
 • Density136/km2 (350/sq mi)
HDI (2019)0.900[3]

very high · 9th of 11
WebsiteOfficial site

Namur [4] (French: Namur, Dutch: Namen, German: Namur, Picard: Nameur, 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 3,675 km2 (1,419 sq mi) with a population of about 499,000 in 2022. 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 x 1,000 (on 1 January since 1980).[5]

Arrondissement 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
Dinant 84 89 93 100 106 111
Namur 237 258 269 283 301 318
Philippeville 59 57 59 61 65 66
Province of Namur 381 404 421 444 472 496

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 Namur (French).
  5. Institut national de statistique - Direction générale Statistique et information économique

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