Walloon Brabant

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Coordinates: 50°43′N 4°36′E / 50.717°N 4.600°E / 50.717; 4.600
Walloon Brabant (French: Brabant wallon)
Province of Belgium
Wavre - Saint-Jean-Baptiste - vue d'ensemble.JPG
The church of St John the Baptist in Wavre.
Drapeau Province BE Brabant Wallon.svg
Coat of arms of Walloon Brabant.svg
Coat of arms
Country  Belgium
Region  Wallonia
Capital Wavre
 - coordinates 50°43′N 4°36′E / 50.717°N 4.600°E / 50.717; 4.600
Highest point Unnamed point in Trou-du-Bois
 - location Genappe, Nivelles, Walloon Brabant
 - elevation 170 m (558 ft)
Area 1,091 km² (421 sq mi)
Population 396,840 (1 January 2016) [1]
Density 364 /km² (943 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 1 Arrondissement
27 Municipalities
Governor Gilles Mahieu
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 1300-1499
ISO 3166-2 BE-WBR
Location of the Walloon Brabant province
Location of the Walloon Brabant province
Website: Official site

Walloon Brabant (French: Brabant wallon, Dutch: Waals-Brabant; Walloon: Roman Payis) is one of the five provinces of Wallonia in the country of Belgium.

History[change | change source]

Walloon in Walloon Brabant means that it is in the Wallon 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).

Walloon Brabant is the youngest and the smallest province of Belgium. The province was created in 1995 when the former province of Brabant was split along the language border in three parts: a Flemish part (Flemish Brabant), a Wallon part (Walloon Brabant) and the Brussels Capital Region, which no longer belongs to any province.

Geography[change | change source]

The total area of the province is 1,090.6 km2 (421.1 sq mi).[3] The province is very flat and the highest point is in Genappe, with an altitude of 170 m (558 ft) above sea level.

Also the geographical centre of Belgium is in the province, in the municipality of Walhain.

The province has an elongated shape and measures from east to west about 90 km (56 mi) and about 40 km (25 mi) from north to south.

The capital is Wavre; it is much more centrally located than the old capital, Nivelles.

Administrative division[change | change source]

The province of Walloon Brabant has only one arrondissement that is divided in 27 municipalities.

Arrondissement Nivelles
  1. Beauvechain
  2. Braine-l'Alleud
  3. Braine-le-Château
  4. Chastre
  5. Chaumont-Gistoux
  6. Court-Saint-Étienne
  7. Genappe
  8. Grez-Doiceau
  9. Hélécine
  10. Incourt
  11. Ittre
  12. Jodoigne
  13. La Hulpe
  14. Lasne
  1. Mont-Saint-Guibert
  2. Nivelles
  3. Orp-Jauche
  4. Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
  5. Perwez
  6. Ramillies
  7. Rebecq
  8. Rixensart
  9. Tubize
  10. Villers-la-Ville
  11. Walhain
  12. Waterloo
  13. Wavre

Population by arrondissement[change | change source]

Population on 1 January of each year.[4]

Arrondissement 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012[1]
Nivelles 370,460 373,492 375,645 379,515 382,866 385,990
Province of
Walloon Brabant
370,460 373,492 375,645 379,515 382,866 385,990

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. "Démographie". Province du Brabant wallon (in French). Archived from the original on 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  4. Institut National de Statistique - Direction générale Statistique et Information économique

Other websites[change | change source]