Chimay (French pronunciation: [ʃimɛ] (listen), Walloon: Chimai) is a city and municipality of Wallonia located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium.[2] 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.

Chimai (Walloon)
Chimay: Grand Place
Chimay: Grand Place
Flag of Chimay
Coat of arms of Chimay
Location of Chimay
Chimay is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Chimay in Hainaut
Chimay Hainaut Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°03′N 04°19′E / 50.050°N 4.317°E / 50.050; 4.317Coordinates: 50°03′N 04°19′E / 50.050°N 4.317°E / 50.050; 4.317
Country Belgium
CommunityFrench Community
 • MayorDenis Danvoye (cdH)
 • Governing party/iesConstruisons l´Avenir Ensemble (CLE)
 • Total198.6 km2 (76.7 sq mi)
 • Total9,841
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Postal codes
6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
Area codes060
Bottles of Chimay beer represented on a mural of the railway station of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium).

In the administrative district of Thuin, the municipality was created with a merger of 14 communes in 1977. The Trappist monastery of Scourmont Abbey in the town is famous for the Chimay Brewery.


The etymology of the name is ultimately, via Vulgar Latin, from the Proto-Celtic word koimos meaning "pretty, pleasant".


The Walloon names of the place names are in brackets and italics.


Year Population Change Density
1904  3,383[2]
2003  9,871 +6,488 50.1/km2
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.

Chimay Trappist beers and cheeses are produced in the town by the Chimay Brewery, run by the Trappist monks of Scourmont Abbey, and are internationally renowned.

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  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chimay" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 164.

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