Arrondissement of Brussels-Capital

The Arrondissement of Brussels-Capital (Dutch: Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad; French: Arrondissement de Bruxelles-Capitale; German: Verwaltungsbezirk Brüssel-Hauptstadt) is the only administrative arrondissement in the Brussels Capital Region in Belgium. Because it is the only administrative arrondissement in the Brussels Region, its territory coincides with that of the latter.

Arrondissement
of Brussels-Capital
Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad
Arrondissement de Bruxelles-Capitale
Location of the arrondissement in Belgium
Coordinates: 50.85°N 4.35°E / 50.85; 4.35
Country Belgium
Region Brussels Capital Region
Provincenone (extraprovincial)
Municipalities19
Area
  Total161.38 km2 (62.31 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2017)
  Total1,191,604
  Density7,400/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The arrondissement was created in 1963 upon the splitting of the arrondissement of Brussels into the capital one and the surrounding arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde. They remained part of the province of Brabant until it was split as well in 1995. In that year, the arrondissement of Nivelles formed the new Walloon Brabant and the arrondissements of Halle-Vilvoorde and Leuven formed the new Flemish Brabant. The arrondissement of Brussels-Capital, corresponding to the Brussels-Capital Region, thus became extraprovincial, meaning it is not a province, neither does it belong to one, nor does it contain any. However, it is the only Belgian arrondissement that is headed by a governor and a vice-governor.

The Brussels-Capital Region is divided into 19 municipalities, of which the City of Brussels is the largest and most populous. See the list of municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region.


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