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Walloon Brabant (French: Brabant-Wallon, Dutch: , ) is a province of Walloniamarker in Belgiummarker. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the province of Flemish Brabantmarker (Flemish Regionmarker) and the provinces of Liègemarker, Namurmarker and Hainautmarker (Walloniamarker). Its capital is Wavremarker. It has an area of 1,093 km² and contains only one administrative district (arrondissement in French), the Arrondissement of Nivelles, with 27 municipalities.

Walloon Brabant was created in 1995 when the former Province of Brabantmarker was split into three parts: two new provinces, Walloon Brabant and Flemish Brabant; and the Brussels Capital Regionmarker, which no longer belongs to any province. The split was made to accommodate the federalization of Belgium in three regions (Flanders, Walloniamarker and Brussels).

The provincial population was recorded at 347,423 in January 1999, giving a population density of 318 inhabitants / km²

The history of Brabant is at Brabant; see also Duke of Brabant.

List of municipalities

Nivelles District:
  1. Beauvechainmarker (Bevekom)
  2. Braine-l'Alleudmarker (Eigenbrakel)
  3. Braine-le-Châteaumarker (Kasteelbrakel)
  4. Chastremarker
  5. Chaumont-Gistouxmarker
  6. Court-Saint-Etiennemarker
  7. Genappemarker
  8. Grez-Doiceaumarker
  9. Hélécinemarker (Heilissem)
  10. Incourtmarker
  11. Ittremarker
  12. Jodoignemarker (Geldenaken)
  13. La Hulpemarker (Terhulpen)
  14. Lasnemarker
  15. Mont-Saint-Guibertmarker
  16. Nivellesmarker (Nijvel)
  17. Orp-Jauchemarker (Gete)
  18. Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuvemarker
  19. Perwezmarker
  20. Ramilliesmarker
  21. Rebecqmarker
  22. Rixensartmarker
  23. Tubizemarker (Tubeke)
  24. Villers-la-Villemarker
  25. Walhainmarker
  26. Waterloomarker
  27. Wavremarker (Waver)

History, university, inndustry


Walloon in Walloon Brabant is likely one of the first uses of the word. Louis de Haynin wrote Belgium is a great country between Francemarker, Germanymarker and the North Seamarker (...) This country is divided in two regions, Flanders and Wallonia (...) Wallonia is divided in (the following provinces...) Tournesismarker Flandre wallonne; Haynaut, Namur|Comte de Namurmarker, Principauté de Liègemarker Walloon Brabant.

University and Industry

The Université catholique de Louvainmarker is located in this province. A part of the Walloon industrial power was out of the Sillon industriel as the steel industry of Clabecqmarker where there is until now some activities. The Battle of Waterloomarker took place also in this province, the smallest province of Wallonia. Piétrain is a breed of domestic pig taking its name from Piétrain, a little village of Jodoignemarker in Walloon Brabant, and the most important town of this province is Nivellesmarker with its Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude and its westwork. The Ronquières inclined planemarker is on the Brussels-Charleroi Canalmarker which connects, through the province, one of the main cities of the Sillon industriel, Charleroimarker, with the Capital of Belgiummarker and the Port of Antwerpmarker. In Rixensartmarker, the company Recherche et Industrie Thérapeutiques (changed in GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in 2000) is one of the world’s leading vaccine manufacturers, supplying around 25% of the world’s vaccines:
GSK Biologicals employs a little over 5,300 persons on the Walloon sites of Rixensartmarker, Wavremarker and Gemblouxmarker.
The company distributes 36 doses of vaccines every second.
The castle of Corroy-le-Château, one of the best conserved castles of this period in North Europe was bought by a Flemish artist Wim Delvoye for EUR 3.3 million. He is planning to convert the Corroy-le-Château into a museum of modern art. The Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park is developing cooperation between industry and the Université catholique de Louvainmarker and is contributing to regional economic development. It covers 231 hectares spread over the area of the town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and the municipality of Mont-Saint-Guibertmarker (30 km away from Brusselsmarker). The main area of activity are: Life sciences, Fine chemistry; Information technologies, Engineering, 135 innovative companies, 4,500 employees, one business incubator.


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