Limburg (Belgium)

Limburg (Dutch: Limburg, pronounced [ˈlɪmbʏr(ə)x] (listen); Limburgish: Limburg [ˈlɪm˦ˌbɵʀ˦(ə)ç] or Wes-Limburg [wæsˈlɪm˦ˌbɵʀ˦(ə)ç];[tone?] French: Limbourg, pronounced [lɛ̃buʁ] (listen)) is a province in Belgium. It is the easternmost of the five Dutch-speaking provinces that together form the Region of Flanders, one of the three main political and cultural sub-divisions of modern Belgium.

Anthem: "Limburg mijn Vaderland"
"Limburg My Fatherland"
Coordinates: 50°36′N 5°56′E
Country Belgium
Region Flanders
(and largest city)
  GovernorJos Lantmeeters
  Total2,427 km2 (937 sq mi)
 (1 January 2019 [2])
  Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
HDI (2019)0.925[3]
very high · 7th of 11
View of the Great Market place in Limburg's capital Hasselt

Limburg is located west of the Meuse (Dutch: Maas), which separates it from the similarly-named Dutch province of Limburg. To the south it shares a border with the French-speaking province of Liège, with which it also has historical ties. To the north and west are the old territories of the Duchy of Brabant. Today these are the Flemish provinces of Flemish Brabant and Antwerp to the west, and the Dutch province of North Brabant to the north.

The province of Limburg has an area of 2,427 km2 (937 sq mi) which comprises three arrondissements (arrondissementen in Dutch) containing 44 municipalities. Among these municipalities are the current capital Hasselt, Sint-Truiden, Genk, and Tongeren, the only Roman city in the province, and regarded as the oldest city of Belgium. As of January 2019, Limburg has a population of 874,048.[4]

The municipality of Voeren is geographically detached from Limburg and the rest of Flanders, with the Netherlands to the north and the Walloon province of Liège to the south. This municipality was established by the municipal reform of 1977 and on 1 January 2008 with its six villages had a total population of 4,207. Its total area is 50.63 km2 (19.55 sq mi).

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