Walloon Brabant is a province of Wallonia and of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the Belgian provinces of Flemish Brabant, Liège, Namur and Hainaut. Its capital is Wavre.
It has a surface area of 1093 km², a population of 347,000 inhabitants, and contains only one administrative district (arrondissement in French) with 27 municipalities.
Walloon Brabant was created in 1995 by the split of the former province of Brabant into three parts: two new provinces, Walloon Brabant and Flemish Brabant; and the Brussels Capital Region, which no longer belongs to any province. The split was made to accommodate (with a delay) the division of Belgium in three regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels).
According to the fiscal statistics of the Belgian government, the province of Walloon Brabant is the richest in the country. The richest commune in Belgium is Lasne, between Waterloo and Rixensart.
The province of Walloon Brabant used to belong to the Duchy of Brabant, until its incorporation in the Burgundian Netherlands in 1430.
In 1815, it is in Walloon Brabant that Napoleon fought its last battles, around Waterloo, Placenoit, Quatre Bras, Ligny and Nivelles.
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