Brussels Periphery

Situation of Brussels in Belgium and the EU
The former arrondissement of Brussels-Periphery within the province of Flemish Brabant.

The Brussels Periphery (Dutch: Brusselse Rand, i.e. the "Brussels Rim", or Vlaamse Rand, i.e. the "Flemish Rim", or just De Rand, "the Rim"; French: périphérie bruxelloise) refers to 19 Flemish municipalities that encircle the Brussels-Capital Region. The Brussels Region is an enclave of the province of Flemish Brabant.

These municipalities are essentially suburbs of Brussels. Due to their proximity to Brussels, they have been urbanised and the housing prices are high. As a consequence, a lot of well-paid people working in e.g. EU institutions reside here. Another issue, very sensitive in Belgian politics, is the francisation of this area. These municipalities all have Dutch as their sole official language, although 6 municipalities have so-called "language facilities" for French-speaking inhabitants, namely Drogenbos, Kraainem, Linkebeek, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Wemmel and Wezembeek-Oppem. Other municipalities include Asse, Beersel, Dilbeek, Grimbergen, Hoeilaart, Machelen, Meise, Merchtem, Overijse, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Tervuren, Vilvoorde and Zaventem.

Each year, De Gordel ("the belt"), a family walking and cycling event, is organised in this area as a symbolic affirmation that the municipalities involved are part of Flanders.

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