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Belgium Cities by Population


300 cities shown of 531 total Belgium cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. Brussels 1,019,022
2. Antwerpen 459,805
3. Gent 231,493
4. Charleroi 200,132
5. Liege 182,597
6. Brugge 116,709
7. Namur 106,284
8. Leuven 92,892
9. Mons 91,277
10. Aalst 77,534
11. Mechelen 77,530
12. La Louviere 76,668
13. Kortrijk 73,879
14. Hasselt 69,222
15. Oostende 69,011
16. Sint-Niklaas 69,010
17. Tournai 67,721
18. Genk 63,666
19. Seraing 60,737
20. Roeselare 56,016
21. Verviers 52,824
22. Mouscron 52,069
23. Beveren 45,179
24. Dendermonde 43,055
25. Beringen 40,930
26. Turnhout 39,654
27. Dilbeek 39,482
28. Heist-op-den-Berg 37,873
29. Sint-Truiden 37,859
30. Lokeren 37,567
31. Braine-l'Alleud 37,512
32. Brasschaat 37,040
33. Vilvoorde 36,955
34. Herstal 36,503
35. Maasmechelen 36,251
36. Waregem 35,896
37. Chatelet 35,238
38. Ieper 35,089
39. Ninove 34,795
40. Geel 34,697
41. Halle 34,479
42. Hoboken 34,443
43. Knokke-Heist 33,781
44. Schoten 33,622
45. Grimbergen 33,561
46. Lier 33,272
47. Mol 32,659
48. Wavre 32,112
49. Binche 32,030
50. Lommel 31,993
51. Menen 31,916
52. Tienen 31,743
53. Evergem 31,615
54. Heusden 31,017
55. Wevelgem 30,954
56. Geraardsbergen 30,807
57. Sint-Pieters-Leeuw 30,446
58. Houthalen 30,050
59. Helchteren 30,050
60. Tongeren 29,816
61. Bilzen 29,622
62. Louvain-la-Neuve 29,521
63. Courcelles 29,473
64. Asse 28,985
65. Waterloo 28,910
66. Zaventem 28,188
67. Oudenaarde 27,935
68. Deinze 27,777
69. Aarschot 27,656
70. Ans 27,297
71. Ath 26,681
72. Kapellen 26,410
73. Izegem 26,382
74. Arlon 26,179
75. Temse 26,054
76. Harelbeke 25,978
77. Herentals 25,912
78. Brecht 25,908
79. Flemalle-Haute 25,144
80. Soignies 24,869
81. Lanaken 24,771
82. Mortsel 24,525
83. Zottegem 24,434
84. Ronse 24,204
85. Nivelles 24,149
86. Andenne 24,055
87. Maaseik 23,684
88. Oupeye 23,594
89. Overijse 23,486
90. Zwevegem 23,358
91. Beersel 23,228
92. Wetteren 22,930
93. Hamme 22,891
94. Willebroek 22,808
95. Saint-Nicolas 22,586
96. Westerlo 22,579
97. Diest 22,516
98. Saint-Ghislain 22,500
99. Manage 22,196
100. Maldegem 22,092
101. Fleurus 22,080
102. Merelbeke 22,047
103. Zedelgem 21,968
104. Tubize 21,859
105. Edegem 21,839
106. Gembloux 21,676
107. Rixensart 21,616
108. Oostkamp 21,489
109. Zemst 21,096
110. Koksijde 21,027
111. Chaudfontaine 20,960
112. Nijlen 20,792
113. Zoersel 20,642
114. Tervuren 20,623
115. Frameries 20,598
116. Schilde 20,373
117. Kontich 20,290
118. Zele 20,236
119. Braine-le-Comte 20,133
120. Boussu 20,058
121. Bornem 19,997
122. Balen 19,978
123. Huy 19,973
124. Colfontaine 19,964
125. Zonhoven 19,922
126. Lochristi 19,696
127. Poperinge 19,537
128. Sint-Katelijne-Waver 19,487
129. Tielt 19,299
130. Herent 19,218
131. Eeklo 19,116
132. Torhout 18,933
133. Aalter 18,802
134. Hoogstraten 18,524
135. Meise 18,497
136. Quaregnon 18,491
137. Zwijndrecht 18,249
138. Morlanwelz-Mariemont 18,233
139. Blankenberge 18,230
140. Wuustwezel 18,117
141. Eupen 18,029
142. Sint-Genesius-Rode 17,990
143. Middelkerke 17,789
144. Kortenberg 17,774
145. Kasterlee 17,765
146. Diepenbeek 17,699
147. Lessines 17,687
148. Sint-Gillis-Waas 17,658
149. Walcourt 17,501
150. Kalmthout 17,485
151. Ranst 17,405
152. Lebbeke 17,372
153. Wervik 17,340
154. Stabroek 17,294
155. Londerzeel 17,274
156. Haaltert 17,129
157. Vise 17,054
158. Stekene 16,989
159. Denderleeuw 16,969
160. Dour 16,861
161. Marche-en-Famenne 16,856
162. Destelbergen 16,853
163. Lede 16,813
164. Essen 16,754
165. Peruwelz 16,647
166. Tessenderlo 16,574
167. Herve 16,544
168. Herzele 16,523
169. Beerse 16,208
170. Neerpelt 16,122
171. Duffel 16,011
172. Fleron 15,994
173. Puurs 15,944
174. Pont-a-Celles 15,909
175. Boom 15,810
176. Riemst 15,809
177. Peer 15,551
178. Diksmuide 15,515
179. Lille 15,466
180. Putte 15,276
181. Soumagne 15,237
182. Rotselaar 15,007
183. Aubange 14,932
184. Bredene 14,862
185. Ciney 14,830
186. Kruibeke 14,815
187. Thuin 14,682
188. Zulte 14,670
189. Merchtem 14,660
190. Ternat 14,569
191. Rumst 14,521
192. Beernem 14,512
193. Landen 14,458
194. Wemmel 14,406
195. Bastogne 14,395
196. Bree 14,363
197. Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont 14,353
198. Eghezee 14,352
199. Genappe 14,266
200. Bonheiden 14,260
201. Aartselaar 14,193
202. Leopoldsburg 14,149
203. Hannut 14,129
204. Anzegem 13,920
205. Basse Lasne 13,861
206. Berlare 13,853
207. Waremme 13,737
208. Tremelo 13,721
209. Lummen 13,689
210. Dison 13,642
211. Ichtegem 13,582
212. Lubbeek 13,574
213. Ravels 13,560
214. Haacht 13,541
215. Couvin 13,518
216. Buggenhout 13,510
217. Esneux 13,497
218. Assenede 13,495
219. Herselt 13,493
220. Jabbeke 13,488
221. Beloeil 13,405
222. Overpelt 13,344
223. Amay 13,307
224. Wezembeek-Oppem 13,245
225. Oosterzele 13,151
226. Sprimont 12,945
227. Wanze 12,918
228. Wingene 12,887
229. Dinant 12,875
230. Kraainem 12,815
231. Blegny 12,745
232. Kuurne 12,638
233. Grez-Doiceau 12,367
234. Keerbergen 12,363
235. Oud-Turnhout 12,354
236. Bocholt 12,346
237. Zandhoven 12,306
238. Machelen 12,252
239. Arendonk 12,247
240. Boechout 12,145
241. Opwijk 12,045
242. Mettet 12,014
243. Veurne 11,983
244. Liedekerke 11,980
245. Rochefort 11,978
246. Gerpinnes 11,977
247. Kinrooi 11,946
248. Kortemark 11,937
249. Jodoigne 11,930
250. Wommelgem 11,917
251. Zelzate 11,901
252. Gavere 11,888
253. De Haan 11,766
254. Beyne-Heusay 11,608
255. Laarne 11,600
256. Anderlues 11,597
257. Bernissart 11,588
258. Theux 11,587
259. Zonnebeke 11,581
260. Boortmeerbeek 11,570
261. Herk-de-Stad 11,566
262. Malmedy 11,514
263. Farciennes 11,488
264. Profondeville 11,401
265. Enghien 11,367
266. Deerlijk 11,292
267. Virton 11,259
268. Nevele 11,153
269. Gistel 11,084
270. Olen 11,070
271. Seneffe 11,025
272. Wichelen 11,014
273. Meulebeke 10,948
274. Chaumont-Gistoux 10,943
275. Frasnes-lez-Buissenal 10,936
276. Alken 10,933
277. Damme 10,924
278. Aiseau 10,906
279. Nazareth 10,890
280. Nieuwpoort 10,845
281. Staden 10,786
282. Kampenhout 10,784
283. Spa 10,756
284. Grobbendonk 10,724
285. Florennes 10,723
286. Moorslede 10,720
287. Melle 10,687
288. Aywaille 10,636
289. Rijkevorsel 10,606
290. Ingelmunster 10,603
291. Steenokkerzeel 10,566
292. Oud-Heverlee 10,533
293. Waasmunster 10,460
294. Berlaar 10,370
295. Borsbeek 10,334
296. Vosselaar 10,317
297. Hoeilaart 10,272
298. Durbuy 10,251
299. La Calamine 10,232
300. Retie 10,069



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Belgium History

The name 'Belgium' is derived from Gallia Belgica, a Roman province in the northernmost part of Gaul that was inhabited by the Belgae, a mix of Celtic and Germanic peoples. Historically, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries, which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current Benelux group of states. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. From the 16th century until the Belgian revolution in 1830, many battles between European powers were fought in the area of Belgium, causing it to be dubbed he battlefield of Europe"" and ""the cockpit of Europe""a reputation strengthened by both World Wars. Upon its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution, and, at the end of the nineteenth century, possessed several colonies in Africa. The second half of the 20th century was marked by the rise of communal conflicts between the Flemings and the Francophones fuelled by cultural differences on the one hand and an asymmetrical economic evolution of Flanders and Wallonia on the other hand. These still-active conflicts have caused far-reaching reforms of the unitary Belgian state into a federal state. There is constant speculation by observers that this process of devolution might lead to the partition of the country."

In the 1st century BC, the Romans, after defeating the local tribes, created the province of Gallia Belgica. A gradual immigration by Germanic Frankish tribes during the 5th century, brought the area under the rule of the Merovingian kings. A gradual shift of power during the 8th century led the kingdom of the Franks to evolve into the Carolingian Empire. The Treaty of Verdun in 843 divided the region into Middle and Western Francia and therefore into a set of more or less independent fiefdoms which during the Middle Ages were vassals either of the King of France or of the Roman Emperor. Many of these fiefdoms were united in the Burgundian Netherlands of the 14th and 15th centuries. Emperor Charles V extended the personal union of the Seventeen Provinces in the 1540s, making it far more than a personal union by the Pragmatic Sanction of 1549, and increased his influence over the Prince-Bishopric of Lige.

The Eighty Years' War divided the area into the northern United Provinces and the Southern Netherlands. The latter were ruled successively by the Spanish and the Austrian Habsburgs and comprised most of modern Belgium. This was the theatre of most Franco-Spanish and Franco-Austrian wars during the 17th and 18th centuries. Following the campaigns of 1794 in the French Revolutionary Wars, the Low Countries including territories that were never nominally under Habsburg rule, such as the Prince-Bishopric of Lige were annexed by the French First Republic, ending Austrian rule in the region. The reunification of the Low Countries as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands occurred at the dissolution of the First French Empire in 1815. The 1830 Belgian Revolution led to the establishment of an independent, Catholic, and neutral Belgium under a provisional government and a national congress. Since the installation of Leopold I as king in 1831, Belgium has been a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Although the franchise was initially restricted, universal suffrage for men was introduced in 1893, and for women in 1949. The main political parties of the 19th century were the Catholic Party and the Liberal Party, with the Belgian Labour Party emerging towards the end of the century. French was originally the single official language adopted by the nobility and the bourgeoisie. It progressively lost its overall importance as Dutch became recognized as well. This recognition became official in 1898, and in 1967 a Dutch version of the Constitution was legally accepted."

The Berlin Conference of 1885 gave the Congo Free State to King Leopold II as his private possession. From around 1900 there was growing international concern at the savage treatment of the Congolese population under Leopold II, for whom the Congo was primarily a source of revenue from ivory and rubber. In 1908 this outcry led the Belgian state to assume responsibility for the government of the colony, henceforth called the Belgian Congo.

Germany invaded Belgium in 1914 as part of the Schlieffen Plan, and much of the Western Front fighting of World War I occurred in western parts of the country. Belgium took over the German colonies of Ruanda-Urundi during the war, and they were mandated to Belgium in 1924 by the League of Nations. In the aftermath of the first World War, the Prussian districts of Eupen and Malmedy were annexed by Belgium 1925, thereby causing the presence of a German-speaking minority. The country was again invaded by Germany in 1940 during the Blitzkrieg offensive, and occupied until its liberation in 1945 by the Allies. The Belgian Congo gained independence in 1960 during the Congo Crisis; Ruanda-Urundi followed two years later.







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