Chimay: Grand Place
|• Mayor||Françoise Fassiaux|
|• Governing party/ies||BOUGE|
|• Total||197.10 km2 (76.10 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Postal codes||6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464|
Chimay (French pronunciation: [ʃimɛ], Walloon: Chimai) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Chimay had a total population of 9,774. The total area is 197.10 km² which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km². The source of the Oise River is located in the municipality.
Situated in the administrative district of Thuin, the municipality was created with a merger of 14 old communes on January 1, 1977. The Trappist monastery of Scourmont Abbey is located in the town and is famous for the Chimay Brewery.
The origin of the name would come from the Celtic word coimos meaning "pretty, pleasant".
The Walloon names of the place names are in brackets and italics.
- Baileux (Balieu)
- Bailièvre (Bailleve)
- Bourlers (Bourlé)
- Chimay (Chimai)
- Forges (Foidjes)
- L'Escaillère (L'Ecayire)
- Lompret (Lompré)
- Rièzes (Rieze)
- Robechies (Robchiye)
- Salles (Sale)
- Saint-Remy (Sint-Rmey)
- Vaulx (Vå)
- Villers-la-Tour (Vilé-al-Tour)
- Virelles (Virele)
|2006||9,774||−22 or −0.23%||49.6/km²|
|2016||9,850||+76 or +0.78%||50.0/km²|
Chimay has traditionally hosted an annual motor racing event, run on a street circuit formed from local public roads. From the 1920s to 1960s the event was run for contemporary Grand Prix and sportscar categories, and included the famous Grand Prix des Frontières. In recent times, while the event has persisted it has been run for historic race series. The track briefly lost its licence in 2006 related to safety fears, but has since had it reinstated.
Notable people of Chimay
- Daniel van Buyten (b. 1978), football player
- Émile Coulonvaux (1892–1966), politician
- François Duval (b. 1980), automobile pilot
- Georges Hostelet (1875–1960), mathematician, philosopher, and sociologist
- Patrick Belpaire (b. 1931), politician
- François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet (1771–1843), Prince of Chimay, and his wife Thérésa Tallien (1773–1835), French social figure
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