Facts & Figures about Flemish Brabant
Key facts and figures about Flemish Brabant
Key facts and figures about Flemish Brabant. The reference year is 2013, unless indicated otherwise.
More people …
The number of inhabitants in Flemish Brabant keeps increasing. On 1 January 2014, the province had 1,106,314 inhabitants. The population growth in 2012 was 5.95%.
… from different origins
On 1 January 2013, Flemish Brabant had 93,422 inhabitants of non-Belgian nationality (8.49% of the total population) (Flanders: 7.3%, Belgium: 10.8%). Of the non-Belgian inhabitants of Flemish Brabant, 63,427 came from other EU countries and 29,527 from non-European countries. Like other parts of Belgium, Flemish Brabant has even more people of foreign origin. In 2012, 14% of the population had roots outside Belgium. The largest foreign communities in Flemish Brabant are the Dutch, Italians, French, British and Germans.
Flemish Brabant consists of 65 municipalities.
The capital of Flemish Brabant is Leuven (98,074 inhabitants). Other cities with more than 25,000 inhabitants are Halle, Vilvoorde, Tienen and Aarschot.
Many companies and self-employed people
At the end of 2012, 78,042 companies were registered in Flemish Brabant. Flemish Brabant has almost 106,000 self-employed people.
Important sectors include distribution and retail, education, transport and logistics, social services, health care, high-tech manufacturing and high-tech knowledge-intensive services.
Low unemployment rate
The average unemployment rate in Flemish Brabant throughout 2013 was 6.03% (Flanders: 7.5%, Belgium: 8.5%).
The population of Flemish Brabant is quite prosperous. In 2011, regional GDP in PPS per inhabitant was €31,800 (127% of the EU28 average)(Flanders: 120%, Belgium: 120%).
A highly educated population
In 2013, 44.3% of all inhabitants of Flemish Brabant aged 25-64 had successfully completed university. (Flanders: 36%, Belgium: 35.5%)
Science and technology
High R&D expenditure
In 2011, total intramural R&D expenditure (GERD) in Flemish Brabant was 3.76% of regional GDP (Flanders 2.37%, Belgium 2.21).
Strong employment in high-tech sectors
In 2008, 7.48% of total employment in Flemish Brabant was in high-tech sectors (high-tech manufacturing and high-tech knowledge-intensive services) (Flanders in 2009: 6.07%, Belgium: 5.23%).
Abundance of high-tech patent applications
In 2009, Flemish Brabant made 61.871 high-tech patent applications to the European Patent Organization per million area inhabitants (Flanders in 2008: 33.7, Belgium in 2009: 27.679).
Plenty of researchers
Researchers accounted for 1.83% of the total number of employed people in Flemish Brabant in 2011 (Belgium in 2010: 0.78).