Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde

The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement (Dutch: Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde) is one of the two administrative arrondissements in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant.[1] It almost completely surrounds the Brussels-Capital Region and lies to the west of the other arrondissement in the province, the Leuven Arrondissement. Unlike the Arrondissement of Leuven, it is not a judicial arrondissement; however since the sixth Belgian state reform in 2012–14, it has its own public prosecutor's service.

Administrative Arrondissement
of Halle-Vilvoorde
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
Location of the arrondissement in Flemish Brabant
Location of the arrondissement in Flemish Brabant
Coordinates: 50°51′N 4°12′E / 50.85°N 4.2°E / 50.85; 4.2
Country Belgium
Region Flanders
Province Flemish Brabant
 • Total942.93 km2 (364.07 sq mi)
 (1 January 2017)
 • Total627,247
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The Halle-Vilvoorde Arrondissement and the Brussels-Capital Region together formed the Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde electoral district and the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels. Following the 2007 federal election, Yves Leterme, who was in charge of the negotiations for forming a new Federal Government, proposed to split up the Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels into two judicial arrondissements: one comprising Halle-Vilvoorde and the other comprising the Brussels Region.


The municipalities with language facilities near Brussels

The Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde was established in 1963 when the language borders were determined. At that time, the then Administrative Arrondissement of Brussels, which had the same territory as the present-day Judicial Arrondissement of Brussels, was split into three administrative arrondissements, two of which still exist today:

On January 1, 1971, the Arrondissement of Brussels-Periphery ceased to exist and its municipalities were added to Halle-Vilvoorde.

In 1977, the then municipality of Muizen ceased to exist and was ceded to the Arrondissement of Mechelen, in the Province of Antwerp.



The Administrative Arrondissement of Halle-Vilvoorde is made up of the following municipalities:



Population as of 1 January in recent years:

Year Population
1990 533,719
1995 549,165
2000 558,220
2005 572,697
2010 593,455
2015 617,330
2017 627,247


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Wohnsitz, Nationalität, Familienstand, Alter und Geschlecht". Direction générale Statistique – Statistics Belgium. Direction générale Statistique – Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 27 December 2023.

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