Symbol of economic success and a wonderful quality-of-life, Walloon Brabant is an up-and-coming province of Belgium. This dynamic region, steeped in history and enjoining a magnificent natural setting has major assets for buyers of prestigious real estate.
Walloon Brabant came into being 26 years ago as a result of the division of the province of Brabant within the framework of the federal states of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. This small French-speaking province, extending over some 1000 km² and with around 400,000 inhabitants, is located in the center of Belgium. Its lower region rises more than 160 meters above sea level. The province is traversed by three rivers, the Senne, the Dyle and the Gette, which flow in a northerly direction. This haven of greenery is dotted with woods, forests, parks, estates and green spaces.
Walloon Brabant is rich in history and culture. The province has many castles, most of which are open to the public. Each of its municipalities has museums and places devoted to the history of the region. Napoleon also fought his last battles in Walloon Brabant, and Waterloo, located about twenty kilometers from Brussels, is a site that is still very popular with tourists and locals alike.
Wavre is the capital of the province of Walloon Brabant. Built nearly 1000 years ago, this city is known colloquially as "the city of Maca" in homage to its famous statue representing a young boy (the "Maca") climbing a low wall (touching his buttocks would bring you a whole year of luck!). Wavre is also located in the same area as the famous Belgian amusement park Walibi, which has welcomed more than 500,000 visitors per year since its creation in 1975.
Walloon Brabant has just one district: the municipality of Nivelles. It is the smallest Walloon province, but also the richest in the whole country. One of its towns, Lasne, is also the town with the highest average per capita income in all of Belgium.
75% of the working inhabitants of Walloon Brabant are engaged in a professional activity linked to the service sector. The economic prosperity of this province is mainly due to the success of its technology companies. However, its older industries (paper making, metallurgy, agriculture, etc.) also contribute to the preservation of its economy.
In recent years, Walloon Brabant has been implementing new methods that allow it to sustainably exploit its resources and thus protect its natural environment. The Walloon province, for example, has invested in several sustainable development research projects carried out at the Catholic University of Louvain, itself considered one of the 150 best universities in the world.
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