Flemish Brabant  (Dutch: Vlaams-Brabant, French: Brabant flamand, German: Flämisch-Brabant) 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.
(and largest city)
|• Governor||Jan Spooren (N-VA)|
|• Total||2,118 km2 (818 sq mi)|
(1 January 2022)
|• Density||554/km2 (1,430/sq mi)|
very high · 3rd of 11
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).
The province has an area of 2,118 km2 (818 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 about 1,173,000 in 2022.
Administrative divisions change
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
Population x 1,000 (on 1 January since 1980).
|Arrondissement||1970 ¹||1980 ¹||1990 ¹||2000||2010||2020|
|Province of Flemish Brabant||(807)||(926)||(964)||1014||1077||1156|
The province of Flemish Brabant did not exist before 1995.
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