Hainaut (province)

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Hainaut
Province of Belgium
Flag of Hainaut
Flag
Coat of arms of Hainaut
Coat of arms
Location of Hainaut
Country  Belgium
Region  Walloon Region
Capital Mons
Government
 • Governor Claude Durieux
Area
 • Total 3,800 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)1
 • Total 1,323,196
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Website Official site

Hainaut (Archaic English: Hainault; French: Hainaut, French pronunciation: ​[ɛno]; Dutch: Henegouwen, IPA: [ˈɦeːnəˌɡɔuwə(n)] ( ); German: Hennegau; Walloon: Hinnot; Picard: Hénau;) is a province of Belgium in the Wallonia region.

To its south lies the French département Nord, while within Belgium it borders (clockwise from the North) on the Flemish provinces of West Flanders, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant and the Walloon provinces of Walloon Brabant and Namur.

It has an area of 3,800 km² which is divided into seven administrative districts (French: arrondissements) containing 69 municipalities. Its capital is Mons.

History

Historical map of the County of Hainaut, with in red the current French-Belgian border.

The province derives from the French Revolutionary Jemmape department, formed in 1795 from part of the medieval County of Hainaut, Tournai and the Tournaisis, a part of the county of Namur (Charleroi) and of the Prince-Bishopric of Liège (Thuin). (A large part of the historical county is now within France and sometimes referred to as French Hainaut.)

Districts

Ath District

Charleroi District

Mons District

Mouscron District

Soignies District

Thuin District

Tournai District

Governors

Miscellaneous

The patron saint of the province Hainaut is Saint Waltrude.2

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Coordinates: 50°30′N 03°55′E / 50.500°N 3.917°E / 50.500; 3.917








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