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Arrondissements of Belgium

Arrondissements of Belgium are subdivisions below the provinces of Belgium. There are administrative, judicial and electoral arrondissements. These may or may not relate to identical geographical areas.

Belgium, a federalized state, geographically consists of 3 regions, of which only the Flemish Region and the Walloon Region are subdivided into five provinces each; the Brussels-Capital Region is neither a province nor is it part of one.

Administrative

Administrative arrondissements of Belgium

The 43 administrative arrondissements are an administrative level between the municipalities and the provinces. Brussels-Capital forms a single arrondissement for all 19 municipalities in the region by that name.

Dutch name French name HASC NUTS NIS/INS In province Population (as of 1/1/2016) Municipalities
Aalst Alost BE.OV.AL BE231 41 East Flanders 285,041 10
Aarlen Arlon BE.LX.AR BE341 81 Luxembourg 61,180 5
Antwerpen Anvers BE.AN.AW BE211 11 Antwerp 1,033,674 30
Aat Ath BE.HT.AT BE321 51 Hainaut 86,515 8
Bastenaken Bastogne BE.LX.BS BE342 82 Luxembourg 47,319 8
Brugge Bruges BE.WV.BG BE251 31 West Flanders 280,456 10
Brussel-Hoofdstad Bruxelles-Capitale BE.BU.BR BE100 21 N/A 1,187,890 19
- Charleroi BE.HT.CR BE322 52 Hainaut 430,587 14
Dendermonde Termonde BE.OV.DM BE232 42 East Flanders 198,494 10
Diksmuide Dixmude BE.WV.DK BE252 32 West Flanders 51,030 5
- Dinant BE.NA.DN BE351 91 Namur 109,755 15
Eeklo - BE.OV.EK BE233 43 East Flanders 83,573 6
Gent Gand BE.OV.GT BE234 44 East Flanders 550,372 21
Halle-Vilvoorde Hal-Vilvorde BE.VB.HV BE241 23 Flemish Brabant 622,234 35
Hasselt - BE.LI.HS BE221 71 Limburg 423,067 18
Hoei Huy BE.LG.HY BE331 61 Liège 112,465 17
Ieper Ypres BE.WV.IP BE253 33 West Flanders 106,154 8
Kortrijk Courtrai BE.WV.KR BE254 34 West Flanders 286,471 12
Leuven Louvain BE.VB.LV BE242 24 Flemish Brabant 499,459 30
Luik Liège BE.LG.LG BE332 62 Liège 620,960 24
Maaseik - BE.LI.MS BE222 72 Limburg 238,944 13
- Marche-en-Famenne BE.LX.MR BE343 83 Luxembourg 55,934 9
Mechelen Malines BE.AN.MH BE212 12 Antwerp 337,339 13
Bergen Mons BE.HT.MN BE323 53 Hainaut 257,860 13
Moeskroen Mouscron BE.HT.MC BE324 54 Hainaut 75,492 2
Namen Namur BE.NA.NM BE352 92 Namur 312,965 16
- Neufchâteau BE.LX.NC BE344 84 Luxembourg 62,360 12
Nijvel Nivelles BE.BW.NV BE310 25 Walloon Brabant 396,840 27
Oostende Ostende BE.WV.OS BE255 35 West Flanders 154,919 7
Oudenaarde Audenarde BE.OV.OD BE235 45 East Flanders 123,008 11
- Philippeville BE.NA.PV BE353 93 Namur 66,484 7
Roeselare Roulers BE.WV.RS BE256 36 West Flanders 149,697 8
Sint-Niklaas Saint-Nicolas BE.OV.SN BE236 46 East Flanders 246,234 7
Zinnik Soignies BE.HT.SG BE325 55 Hainaut 188,959 8
- Thuin BE.HT.TN BE326 56 Hainaut 151,209 14
Tielt - BE.WV.TL BE257 37 West Flanders 92,124 9
Tongeren Tongres BE.LI.TG BE223 73 Limburg 201,414 13
Doornik Tournai BE.HT.TR BE327 57 Hainaut 146,535 10
Turnhout - BE.AN.TH BE213 13 Antwerp 453,123 27
- Verviers BE.LG.VV BE335
BE336
63 Liège 285,819 29
Veurne Furnes BE.WV.VR BE258 38 West Flanders 60,977 5
- Virton BE.LX.VT BE345 85 Luxembourg 53,534 10
Borgworm Waremme BE.LG.WR BE334 64 Liège 79,444 14

As an exception, the arrondissement of Verviers has two NUTS codes: BE335 for the French-speaking part and BE336 for the German-speaking part. The latter is identical to the area of the German-speaking community.

Judicial

Judicial arrondissements of Belgium

Belgium has 12 judicial arrondissements:

  • The arrondissement Liège covers the French-speaking part of the province of Liège
  • The arrondissement Eupen covers the German-speaking part of the province of Liège
  • The arrondissement Brussels covers the Capital Region and the administrative arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde (western part of Flemish Brabant province)
  • The arrondissement Leuven covers the administrative arrondissement of Leuven (eastern part of Flemish Brabant province)
  • The remaining 8 arrondissements are coterminous with, and have the same names as, the remaining 8 provinces

Until March 31, 2014 Belgium had 27 judicial arrondissements.[1] These are now sections of today's 12 judicial arrondissements. In addition, the arrondissement Brussels was divided into the sections Brussels and Halle-Vilvoorde

Judicial arrondissement Sections
Antwerp Antwerp, Mechelen, Turnhout
Brussels Brussels, Halle-Vilvoorde
Eupen Eupen
East Flanders Dendermonde, Ghent, Oudenaarde
Hainaut Charleroi, Mons, Tournai
Leuven Leuven
Limburg Hasselt, Tongeren
Liège Huy, Liège, Verviers
Luxembourg Arlon, Marche-en-Famenne, Neufchâteau
Namur Dinant, Namur
Walloon Brabant Nivelles
West Flanders Bruges, Kortrijk, Veurne, Ypres

Electoral

Until the end of 1999 the electoral districts for the election of the parliaments were electoral arrondissements; since the start of 2000 these are the ten provinces. The arrondissement of Brussels-Capital (geographically coinciding with the Brussels-Capital Region) is not part of any province and consequently forms its own electoral district.

As the only part of Belgium, the Walloon Parliament still uses electoral arrondissements. Each electoral arrondissement consists of at least one (administrative) arrondissement. There were previously 13 such electoral districts, but they have since been reduced to 11. Each of these electoral districts take their names from the arrondissements they consist of, usually decreasing in order of population.

Electoral arrondissement Province part of
Arlon-Marche-en-Famenne-
Bastogne-Neufchâteau-Virton
Luxembourg
Mons Hainaut
Charleroi-Thuin Hainaut
Dinant-Philippeville Namur
Tournai-Ath-Mouscron Hainaut
Huy-Waremme Liège
Liège Liège
Namur Namur
Nivelles Walloon Brabant
Soignies Hainaut
Verviers Liège

See also

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