Chimay: Grand Place
|• Mayor||Françoise Fassiaux|
|• Governing party/ies||BOUGE|
|• Total||197.10 km2 (76.10 sq mi)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
Chimay (French pronunciation: [ʃimɛ], Walloon: Chimai) is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Hainaut. In 2006, Chimay had a population of 9,774. The area is 197.10 km² which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km². It is the source of the Oise River.
The origin of the name is 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
- "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 164. .
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