Halle-Vilvoorde administrative Arrondissement

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Administrative Arrondissement
of Halle-Vilvoorde

Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
Arrondissement
Location of the arrondissement in Flemish Brabant
Location of the arrondissement in Flemish Brabant
Coordinates: 50°51′N 4°12′E / 50.85°N 4.2°E / 50.85; 4.2Coordinates: 50°51′N 4°12′E / 50.85°N 4.2°E / 50.85; 4.2
Country  Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Province  Flemish Brabant
Municipalities 35
Area
 • Total 942.93 km2 (364.07 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)
 • Total 604,097
 • Density 640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement (Dutch: Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde; French: Arrondissement de Hal-Vilvorde) is one of the two administrative arrondissements in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. It almost completely surrounds the Brussels-Capital Region and lies to the west of the other arrondissement in the province, the Leuven Arrondissement. Unlike the Arrondissement of Leuven, it is not a judicial arrondissement.

The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement and the Brussels-Capital Region together form the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde electoral district and the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels. Following the 2007 federal election, Yves Leterme, who is in charge of the negotiations for forming a new Federal Government, proposed to split up the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels into two judicial arrondissements: one comprising Halle-Vilvoorde and the other comprising the Brussels Region.

History[edit]

The municipalities with language facilities near Brussels

The Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde was established in 1963 when the language borders were determined. At that time, the then Administrative Arrondissement of Brussels, which had the same territory as the present-day Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels, was split into three administrative arrondissements, two of which still exist today:

On January 1, 1971, the Arrondissement of Brussels-Periphery ceased to exist and its municipalities were added to Halle-Vilvoorde.

In 1977, the then municipality of Muizen ceased to exist and was ceded to the Arrondissement of Mechelen, in the Province of Antwerp.

Municipalities[edit]

The Administrative Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde is made up of the following municipalities: