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 three 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

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 1/1/2018) Municipalities
AalstAlostBE.OV.ALBE23141East Flanders289,17510
AarlenArlonBE.LX.ARBE34181Luxembourg62,2025
AntwerpenAnversBE.AN.AWBE21111Antwerp1,045,59330
AatAthBE.HT.ATBE32151Hainaut86,7828
BastenakenBastogneBE.LX.BSBE34282Luxembourg48,1838
BruggeBrugesBE.WV.BGBE25131West Flanders281,78010
Brussel-HoofdstadBruxelles-CapitaleBE.BU.BRBE10021N/A1,198,72619
-CharleroiBE.HT.CRBE32252Hainaut430,70114
DendermondeTermondeBE.OV.DMBE23242East Flanders200,30710
DiksmuideDixmudeBE.WV.DKBE25232West Flanders51,4285
-DinantBE.NA.DNBE35191Namur110,61015
Eeklo-BE.OV.EKBE23343East Flanders84,5916
GentGandBE.OV.GTBE23444East Flanders556,91617
Halle-VilvoordeHal-VilvordeBE.VB.HVBE24123Flemish Brabant632,13435
Hasselt-BE.LI.HSBE22171Limburg427,01017
HoeiHuyBE.LG.HYBE33161Liège113,09717
IeperYpresBE.WV.IPBE25333West Flanders106,2518
KortrijkCourtraiBE.WV.KRBE25434West Flanders289,11412
LeuvenLouvainBE.VB.LVBE24224Flemish Brabant506,35530
LuikLiègeBE.LG.LGBE33262Liège623,95324
Maaseik-BE.LI.MSBE22272Limburg240,51112
-Marche-en-FamenneBE.LX.MRBE34383Luxembourg56,1439
MechelenMalinesBE.AN.MHBE21212Antwerp342,94512
BergenMonsBE.HT.MNBE32353Hainaut258,60813
MoeskroenMouscronBE.HT.MCBE32454Hainaut76,2972
NamenNamurBE.NA.NMBE35292Namur316,05816
-NeufchâteauBE.LX.NCBE34484Luxembourg63,04112
NijvelNivellesBE.BW.NVBE31025Walloon Brabant401,10627
OostendeOstendeBE.WV.OSBE25535West Flanders156,4687
OudenaardeAudenardeBE.OV.ODBE23545East Flanders123,86810
-PhilippevilleBE.NA.PVBE35393Namur66,4057
RoeselareRoulersBE.WV.RSBE25636West Flanders151,8738
Sint-NiklaasSaint-NicolasBE.OV.SNBE23646East Flanders250,1967
ZinnikSoigniesBE.HT.SGBE32555Hainaut190,3348
-ThuinBE.HT.TNBE32656Hainaut151,91214
Tielt-BE.WV.TLBE25737West Flanders92,6159
TongerenTongresBE.LI.TGBE22373Limburg203,35913
DoornikTournaiBE.HT.TRBE32757Hainaut147,01110
Turnhout-BE.AN.THBE21313Antwerp458,94827
-VerviersBE.LG.VVBE335
BE336
63Liège287,37429
VeurneFurnesBE.WV.VRBE25838West Flanders61,5305
-VirtonBE.LX.VTBE34585Luxembourg53,65810
BorgwormWaremmeBE.LG.WRBE33464Liège80,90214

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

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 arrondissementSections
AntwerpAntwerp, Mechelen, Turnhout
BrusselsBrussels, Halle-Vilvoorde
EupenEupen
East FlandersDendermonde, Ghent, Oudenaarde
HainautCharleroi, Mons, Tournai
LeuvenLeuven
LimburgHasselt, Tongeren
LiègeHuy, Liège, Verviers
LuxembourgArlon, Marche-en-Famenne, Neufchâteau
NamurDinant, Namur
Walloon BrabantNivelles
West FlandersBruges, 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 arrondissementProvince part of
Arlon-Marche-en-Famenne-Bastogne-Neufchâteau-VirtonLuxembourg
MonsHainaut
Charleroi-ThuinHainaut
Dinant-PhilippevilleNamur
Tournai-Ath-MouscronHainaut
Huy-WaremmeLiège
LiègeLiège
NamurNamur
NivellesWalloon Brabant
SoigniesHainaut
VerviersLiège

See also

References

  • "Arrondissements of Belgium". Statoids.
  1. "Police Zones". Archived from the original on 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
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