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Arrondissement of Brussels-Capital

of Brussels-Capital

Arrondissement de Bruxelles-Capitale
Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad
Administrative Arrondissement
Location of the arrondissement in Belgium
Location of the arrondissement in Belgium
Country  Belgium
Region  Brussels-Capital Region
Province none (extraprovincial)
Municipalities 19
 • Total 161.38 km2 (62.31 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)
 • Total 1,138,854
 • Density 7,100/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

The Arrondissement of Brussels-Capital (French: Arrondissement de Bruxelles-Capitale; Dutch: Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad; 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.

The arrondissement is not a part of any province because the Brussels-Capital Region is 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.

Governor and Vice-Governor

The Governor exercises most of the few remaining powers elsewhere exercised by a provincial governor, particularly in the field of public order, as far as no (federal) law, (regional) decree, ordonnance or decision states otherwise.[1] The Governor is appointed by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region on the unanimous advice of the Federal Council of Ministers. The regional government also appoints the Vice-Governor, who must have a considerable knowledge of both the French and the Dutch language and who must ensure that the legislation regarding the use of languages is observed in Brussels.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Proposal for an ordonnance, stating the Governor's powers for the "arrondissement Brussels", the latter should be seen as the part of the arrondissement Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde that is not part of the Flemish Brabant province.
  2. ^ "Factsheet on the Provinces" (PDF). The Belgian Chamber of Representatives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
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