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Geo Note: Belgium - Subnational update [2019]
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019 15:25 ET
By Elizabeth Felton
Summary
August 2019 -- Data Buffet now offers a reference file for subnational geographic definitions for Belgium, as mutated between 2019 and 2018; 11 municipalities shifted districts, 1 district retired, 1 district was renamed, and 1 new district was created (6 old geo codes, 6 new).
Detail

Introduction

For Belgium, the first-, second-, third-, and fourth-level administrative divisions are called regions, provinces, administrative districts ("arrondissements administratifs"), and municipalities ("communes"), respectively. Statistics Belgium provides a statistical geographic classification with numeric codes. We have synthesized these into coherent annual lists ("geo code vintages") at the upper three levels, which you can use to answer questions like "at time T, what are the component administrative districts D of region R?" We account for the three possible circumstances:

  1. The boundaries of an existing area change, but its name is retained: Replace the area by declaring a new geo code, and substitute into the "after" vintage.
  2. A new area is created, usually in conjunction with the redefinition of an existing area: Declare a new geo code, and add to the "after" vintage.
  3. An existing area is terminated, usually because it has fissioned: Retire the geo code from the "after" vintage.

Note that an area (hence geo code) may continue to be used for statistics even after it has been terminated as an administrative entity. We do not double-guess our historical sources.

Summary of mutations

Table 1. Counts of areas at each geo level, and mutations between the vintages.

Geo level20192018ReplaceAddRetire
Regions 3 3 0 0 0
Provinces 10 10 0 0 0
Administrative districts 43 43 5 1 1

Specific mutations

Table 2. Regions retired.

RegionCodeNote
*none*    

Table 3. Regions added.

RegionCodeNote
*none*    

Table 4. Provinces retired.

ProvinceCodeNote
*none*    

Table 5. Provinces added.

ProvinceCodeNote
*none*    

Table 6. Administrative districts retired (vintage 2018). Unless otherwise noted, we have dropped these geo codes from the "after" vintage.

Administrative districtCodeRegionCodeNote
Ath (Aat) IBEL_ATH Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Gained 3 municipalities from Soignies.
Charleroi IBEL_CHA Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Lost 2 munis to Soignies.
Mouscron (Moeskroen) IBEL_MOU Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Retired, all munis merged to Tournai-Mouscron.
Soignies (Zinnik) IBEL_SOI Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Contributed 3 munis to Ath and 1 muni to La Louviere.
Thuin IBEL_THU Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Contributed part of La Louviere.
Tournai (Doornik) IBEL_TOU Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Merged with Mouscron to Tournai-Mouscron.

Table 7. Administrative districts added (vintage 2019). Unless otherwise noted, new geo codes result from a "before" area which undergoes fission.

Administrative districtCodeRegionCodeNote
Ath (Aat) IBEL_AAT Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Augmented. Previously Ath and Soignies.
Charleroi IBEL_CHR Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Remnant
La Louvière IBEL_LAL Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Previously part of Soignies and Thuin.
Soignies (Zinnik) IBEL_SOG Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Remnant
Thuin  IBEL_THI Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Remnant
Tournai-Mouscron (Doornik-Moeskroen) IBEL_TNM Hainaut (Henegouwen) IBEL_HA Augmented. Previously Tournai and Mouscron.

Reference files

The reference file is an Excel workbook with a separate worksheet for each geo type, tabulating (as applicable) the area name, type, INS code, Data Buffet geo code, and parent state.

The "after" geo vintage:

  • Go to: DataBuffet.com » menu:Documentation » Reference Files » Geographies » Belgium - Geographic Lists - 2019
  • Direct link: IBEL_GeographyLists_2019.xlsx

The "before" geo vintage:


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