Chimay (French pronunciation: [ʃimɛ], Walloon: Chimai) is a city and municipality of Wallonia in the Belgian province of Hainaut. In 2006, Chimay had a population of 9,774. The area is 197.10 km2 which gives a population density of 50 inhabitants per km2. It is the source of the Oise River.
Chimay: Grand Place
Location in Belgium
|• Mayor||Françoise Fassiaux|
|• Governing party/ies||BOUGE|
|• Total||197.10 km2 (76.10 sq mi)|
|• Density||50/km2 (130/sq mi)|
6460, 6461, 6462, 6463, 6464
The origin of the name is from the Celtic word coimos meaning "pretty, pleasant".
The Walloon names of the place names are in brackets and italics.
|2006||9,774||−22 or −0.23%||49.6/km2|
|2016||9,850||+76 or +0.78%||50.0/km2|
Chimay has traditionally hosted an annual motor racing event, run on a street circuit formed from local public roads. From the 1920s to 1960s the event was run for contemporary Grand Prix and sportscar categories, and included the famous Grand Prix des Frontières. In recent times, while the event has persisted it has been run for historic race series. The track briefly lost its licence in 2006 related to safety fears, but has since had it reinstated.
The central town square, Chimay
- Daniel van Buyten (b. 1978), football player
- Émile Coulonvaux (1892–1966), politician
- François Duval (b. 1980), rally car driver
- Jean Froissart (c.1337-c.1405), medieval historian
- Georges Hostelet (1875–1960), mathematician, philosopher, and sociologist
- François-Joseph-Philippe de Riquet (1771–1843), Prince of Chimay, and his wife Thérésa Tallien (1773–1835), French social figure
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