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New Geos: Belgium - Metro Areas
Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 14:29 ET
By Matthew Baldwin
Summary
October 2011 -- We have defined three metropolitan areas for Belgium (Antwerp, Brussels and Liège), per the ESPON Project 1.4.3, mainly as aggregates of NUTS 3 districts.
Detail

For purposes of the Moody's Analytics estimated and forecast data products, we have created geography codes for metropolitan areas in Belgium.  Belgium itself has no official definition.  Instead, we have utilized definitions published in the final report of the ESPON Project 1.4.3. The three metro areas are:

  • Antwerp
  • Brussels
  • Liege

The ESPON study considered metropolitan areas in 29 European countries. ESPON 1.1.1 produced a list of functional urban areas (FUAs) based on population in standardized NUTS-type areas; ESPON 1.4.3 made corrections to this list and added the concept of a morphological urban area (MUA), or core, such that a FUA consists of a core plus a surrounding labor pool. This is akin to the OMB's methodology for U.S. core-based statistical areas. ESPON's definitions are available for all Belgian urbanized areas, are consistent across them, and extend to other countries.

References:

Table 1 of 1. Metropolitan areas in Belgium. Following ESPON's lead, we define each of our metropolitan areas mainly as aggregates of districts (NUTS 3 / arrondissements), and sometimes regions (NUTS 1) and provinces (NUTS 2 / provincies).

Belgium has a national geo code of IBEL, all codes for its geographic subdivisions use IBEL as a prefix, and all Moody’s Analytics metro area codes feature the letter “M.”  Each of the three areas is identified as IBEL(underscore)M(three letters), and may be retrieved in bulk with the basket geo wild card IBEL_M^^^.

Geo Code
Description Geo Level NUTS
IBEL_MANT Antwerp MA metro area  
IBEL_ANT Antwerpen District NUTS 3
IBEL_MEC Mechelen District NUTS 3
IBEL_MBRX Brussels MA metro area  
IBEL_AAL Aalst District NUTS 3
IBEL_BRUX Bruxelles-Capitale Region NUTS 1
IBEL_BW Brabant Wallon Province NUTS 2
IBEL_DEN Dendermonde District NUTS 3
IBEL_HVI Halle-Vilvoorde District NUTS 3
IBEL_MLIE Liège MA metro area  
IBEL_HUY Huy District NUTS 3
IBEL_LIE Liège District NUTS 3
IBEL_WAR Waremme District NUTS 3

 

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