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Province of Hainaut

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Province of Hainaut

Province of Belgium

Coat of arms
Country  Belgium
Region  Walloon Region
Capital Mons
 • Governor Claude Durieux
 • Total 3,800 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 1,323,196
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)

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

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 Wallonian 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.


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.)


Ath District

Charleroi District

Mons District

Mouscron District

Soignies District

Thuin District

Tournai District


  • Jean-Baptiste Thorn (1836–1841)
  • Charles Liedts (1841–1845)
  • Édouard Mercier (1845–1847)
  • Augustin Dumon-Dumortier (1847–1848)
  • Adolphe de Vrière (1848–1849)
  • Louis Troye (1849–1870)
  • Joseph de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay (1870–1878)
  • Auguste Wanderpepen (1878)
  • Oswald de Kerchove de Denterghem (1878–1884)
  • Auguste Vergote (1884–1885)
  • Joseph d'Ursel (1885–1889)
  • Charles d'Ursel (1889–1893)
  • Raoul du Sart de Bouland (1893–1908)
  • Maurice Damoiseaux (1908–1937)
  • Henri Van Mol (1937–1940)
  • Émile Cornez (1944–1967)
  • Emilien Vaes (1967–1983)
  • Michel Tromont (1983–2004)
  • Claude Durieux (2004 – present day)


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


External links

  • French)
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  • The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hainaut (available in French and English)
  • Euro Info Centre Hainaut (available in French)
  • Walloon Settlers Monument

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

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