Belgium under the Ancien Régime (until 1795)
- County of Flanders
This Earldom covered a territory, now part of Belgium (BEL), France (FRA) and the Netherlands (NLD).
- County of Hainaut
- Duchy of Brabant
- County of Namur
The territory of these County was very enclaved with parts of the surrounding entities.
- Prince-Bishopric of Liège
- Duchy of Bouillon
- Duchy of Luxemburg
- Duchy of Limburg
- Duchy of Juliers
- County Dalhem (Land van Overmaas)
- Manor Mechelen
- Kurfürstendum Trier (enclaves)
- Kingdom of France (enclaves)
- Holy Roman Empire (allodial enclaves)
Belgium under the French Régime (1795-1815)
Belgium during the Dutch Era (1815-1830)
Belgium since its independence (1830-now)
- Belgium is subdivided in Communities, Regions, Provinces, Arrondissements, Cantons and Municipalities.
- All administrative, judicial, political, ... subdivisions do follow the provincial, regional and community borders, with the exception of
- the German-speaking Community (belongs to the Walloon Region, the province of Liege and the arrondissement Verviers).
- the judicial arrondissement Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde is the only subdivision that belongs to more than one province, region and community.
- A good summary can be found at the FTOW site.
- This list of places mentions all Belgian municipalities, as they existed before and/or after the municipal reorganisations of 1963-1977. For each placename you wille get the relevant administrative levels, the official language(s), the translated name, ... .
- A municipality don't have further administrative subdivisions, with the exception of some cities (as Brussels, Antwerpen, Ghent, ...) . It must be noted that each municipaltiy is divided in statitical sectors, used by the periodical census. The maps of those are useful to find the limits of some hamlets, ... , but difficult to find.
Provinces | Districts | Cantons | Municipalities and Place Names | ZIP codes A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
- The cantonal subdivision is relevant to know the justice of the peace and the marriage registrar (the latter only around 1797/1800). The limits of those cantons have changed many times. No lists are present on this site, with exception of the 1800 situation (see some departements in Belgium under French occupation). But we will try to make a list of those municipal cantons (1795-1800) available where appropriate.
- Translation: Arrondissement in French or Dutch
- This list of Belgian district names lists all the districts from 1835 on with their purpose (administrative/judicial). We will update this list soon for the period 1795-1835 (not yet done).
Communities and regions
- Map: Ethnic composition (Encyclopaedia Brittanica)
Regions and Communities (map) Maps and boundary data are copyrighted by FOTW Flags Of The World This map will be made clickable (Not yet done)
Brussels-Capital RegionNo subdivision in provinces, but is composed of 19 municipalities, regrouped in one arrondissement. Does have a provincial governor !
Flemish RegionSubdivided in five provinces, with their arrondissements (districts) and municipalities (or cities):
German speaking Region
- Part of the arrondissement Verviers (Province of Liege)
- 9 Municipalities
Walloon RegionSubdivided in five provinces, with their arrondissements (districts) and municipalities (or cities):
Period 1814-1815The temporary changes, imposed by the Allied Forces, when they liberated in 1814 the territory from the French, until the Netherlands did take over in 1815, are detailed where relevant. They will be summarized on a separate page (not yet done).
Period 1940-1944The temporary changes imposed by the German occupation forces in 1942/1944 will be listed on a separate page for all Belgian districts (not yet done).
Publications of the NIS-INSNot yet done.
Publications of Leuven University Press
- De Territoriale Indeling van BelgiŽ (1795-1963)
- Bestuursgeografisch en statistisch repertorium van de gemeenten en de supracommunale eenheden (administratief en gerechterlijk). Met de officiŽle uitslagen van de volkstellingen.
- Vrielinck, Sven; 2000; Universitaire Pers Leuven, Blijde-Inkomststraat 5, B-3000 LEUVEN
- 2104 pages (3 volumes A4) [+ 7kg]
- ISBN 90-6186-938-2; D/2000/1896/6; 1950 BEF
- (Dutch edition - no data about a French or English edition)
- "THE" reference work for the administrative and judicial subdivision of Belgium from 1795 (Occupation of Belgium by the French) until 1963 (linguistic laws) included.
Other publicationsNot yet done.