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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.

Territorial layout

  • 65 Municipalities
    Flemish Brabant consists of 65 municipalities.

  • Major cities
    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%).

  • High income
    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%).


De Somer auditorium of Leuven University. KU Leuven claims a place among Europe’s top learning and research centers. © KU Leuven Rob Stevens
  • 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

The Leuven Bio-Incubator provides a stimulating environment in which entrepreneurs in the field of biotechnology can develop their ideas and technologies.
  • 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).

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