|Municipality of Belgium|
Saint-Ghislain: the former town hall (1752), the new church, and the tower of the old church (16th century)
|• Mayor||Daniel Olivier|
|• Governing party/ies||PS|
|• Total||70.18 km2 (27.10 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2012)|
|• Density||330/km2 (850/sq mi)|
Saint-Ghislain (Picard: Sint-Guilin) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On 1 January 2006 the municipality had 22,466 inhabitants. The total area is 70.18 km², giving a population density of 320 inhabitants per km².
The town is named after St Ghislain. In the 7th century, with two unknown disciples Ghislain made a clearing in the vicinity of Castrilocus (now Mons), later taking up his abode at a place called Ursidongus, where he built an oratory or chapel dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. Ursidongus was later named after him.
Google chose Saint-Ghislain in 2007 to host its new major European datacenter. Google currently has 12 people employed full-time as of 13 October 2011.
People Born in Saint-Ghislain
- Johannes Ockeghem, composer (between 1410 and 1425)
- Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
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