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Chimay (French pronunciation: ​[ʃimɛ], Walloon: Chimai) is a Walloon municipality in the Belgian province of Hainaut.[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.

Chimay
Chimay: Grand Place
Chimay: Grand Place
Flag of Chimay
Flag
Coat of arms of Chimay
Coat of arms
Chimay is located in Belgium
Chimay
Chimay
Location in Belgium
Location of Chimay in Hainaut
Chimay Hainaut Belgium Map.png
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
CountryBelgium
CommunityFrench Community
RegionWallonia
ProvinceHainaut
ArrondissementThuin
Government
 • MayorFrançoise Fassiaux
 • Governing party/iesBOUGE
Area
 • Total197.10 km2 (76.10 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total9,841
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Postal codes
6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
Area codes060
Websitewww.ville-de-chimay.be

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.

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EtymologyEdit

The origin of the name is from the Celtic word coimos meaning "pretty, pleasant".

SubdivisionsEdit

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

DemographicsEdit

Year Population Change Density
1904  3,383[2]
17.1/km²
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

AttractionsEdit

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.

Notable people of ChimayEdit

Twin cities/townsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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