International tourism has boomed, and new efforts resulted in Bruges being designated 'European Capital of Culture' in 2002. Restorations of residential and commercial structures, historic monuments, and churches generated a surge in tourism and economic activity in the ancient downtown area. Bruges was already included in the circuit of the Flemish and French cloth fairs at the beginning of the 13th century, but when the old system of fairs broke down the entrepreneurs of Bruges innovated. Belgium. Demographics of Belgium 2019. The system encourages the use of set routes leading to central car parks and direct exit routes. The Old St. John's Hospital (Hans Memling museum) and Our Lady of the Potteries are Hospital museums. Moreover, the city and its famous lace would go on to inspire the Thread Routes film series, the second episode of which, shot in 2011, was partly set in Bruges.[36]. Keywords: SAPE, LSOA, MSOA, OA, CCG Overemployment in London , 2006 to 2019 [20] Numerous foreign merchants were welcomed in Bruges, such as the Castilian wool merchants who first arrived in the 13th century. The liberation of the city was facilitated by a the now known Canada Bridge connecting the outer municipalities with the city centre. [23], In the 15th century, Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, set up court in Bruges, as well as Brussels and Lille, attracting a number of artists, bankers, and other prominent personalities from all over Europe. Bruges (/ b r uː ʒ / BROOZH, French: (); Dutch: Brugge (); German: Brügge [ˈbʁʏɡə]) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the seventh-largest city of the country by population.. They developed, or borrowed from Italy, new forms of merchant capitalism, whereby several merchants would share the risks and profits and pool their knowledge of markets. Since 2006, France estimates the population by using census results of different years. It was greatly expanded in the 1970s and early 1980s and has become one of Europe's most important and modern ports. In statistics, a population is the entire pool from which a statistical sample is drawn. The population grew from 2,002,441 in 2015 to 2,065,284 in 2019, an increase of 62,843 people. Daniel Boffey in Bruges. Brugge (French: Bruges), city, Flanders Region, northwestern Belgium, about 10 miles (16 km) south of Zeebrugge, its port on the North Sea. [8], The place is first mentioned in records as either Bruggas, Brvggas, and Brvccia in AD 840–875. The twinning between some of the former communes, merged with Bruges in 1971, were discontinued. The new oil-painting techniques of the Flemish school gained world renown. Such wealth gave rise to social upheavals, which were for the most part harshly contained by the militia. Cette augmentation, qui reprend depuis quelques années, est principalement liée à l’immigration. To the city of Bruges, however, these rule-breaking students are starting to impact the reputation of the college. Plans for a north–south light rail connection through Bruges, from Zeebrugge to Lichtervelde, and a light rail connection between Bruges and Ostend are under construction. Get the latest and most up-to-date tourism statistics for all the countries and regions around the world. Share on Facebook; Share on Twitter; Share via Email; A tourist boat on the Spiegelrei canal in Bruges. Learn more about the history of Brugge in this article. Starting around 1500, the Zwin channel, (the Golden Inlet) which had given the city its prosperity, began silting up and the Golden Era ended. Imports from the rest of the world stood at €169.3 bn, a fall of 11.7% compared with October 2019 (€191.8 bn). Try our corporate solution for free! Between 1998 and 2016, Bruges hosted the start of the annual Tour of Flanders cycle race, held in April and one of the biggest sporting events in Belgium. The port of Bruges is Zeebrugge (Flemish for Bruges-on-Sea). Populations légales 2017 Commune de Bruges (33075) Chiffres-clés. Map - Source : Google Maps. [citation needed] Nevertheless, in common with many cities in the region, there are thousands of cyclists in the city of Bruges. This is an increase of 0.67 % (76,910 people) compared to population of 11,565,347 the year before. 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[15] Bruges received its city charter on 27 July 1128, and new walls and canals were built. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be the only of Michelangelo's sculptures to have left Italy within his lifetime. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2010-2015 (+0.2%/year), Bruges population in 2020 would be: 119 042*. The annual procession of the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ, UNESCO heritage, Steenhouwers Canal with the Belfry and spires of the Stadhuis. The population development of Bruges as well as related information and services (weather, Wikipedia, Google, images). Its art museums include the Arents House, as well as the Groeningemuseum, which has an extensive collection of medieval and early modern art, including a notable collection of Flemish Primitives. [40], Cars are required to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. in Bruges that twinning was too often an occasion for city authorities and representatives to travel on public expense. Brussels is currently growing at a rate of 0.78%. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2010-2015 (+0.2%/year), Bruges population in 2020 would be: 119 042*. The new sea arm stretched all the way to Damme,[14] a city that became the commercial outpost for Bruges. Bruges became important due to the tidal inlet that was crucial to local commerce,[14] This inlet was then known as the "Golden Inlet". We have reviews of the best places to see in Bruges. The Steenstraat with St. Salvator's Cathedral in the background. Together they formed a parliament; however, they frequently quarrelled amongst themselves. Find out what statistics the population of the country, city, district on Map - Source : Google Maps. They maintained separate communities governed by their own laws until the economic collapse after 1700.[22]. Read the rest of this entry. Dépouillement à 100%. [citation needed] Also, it was thought[who?] 1996. [35] The city still employs a full-time carillonneur, who gives free concerts on a regular basis. Commune de Bruges Région flamande - Province de Flandre occidentale Elections fédérales ... Population. Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 47 bells. Afterwards, it appears as Bruciam and Bruociam (892); as Brutgis uico (late 9th century); as in portu Bruggensi (c. 1010); as Bruggis (1012); as Bricge in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1037); as Brugensis (1046); as Brycge in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1049–1052); as Brugias (1072); as Bruges (1080–1085); as Bruggas (c. 1084); as Brugis (1089); and as Brugge (1116). Bruges has a significant economic importance, thanks to its port, and was once one of the world's chief commercial cities. The statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, the leaders of the uprising, can still be seen on the Big Market square. English contacts brought Normandy grain and Gascon wines. It attracts some eight million tourists annually.[31]. Using the 2019 population of 11.56 million people, the calculated population density of Belgium is 975.6 people per square mile (376.7 people per square kilometer). [34] Many of its medieval buildings are notable, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 115.6 m (379.27 ft), making it the world's second-highest brick tower/building. The city maintained a militia as a permanent paramilitary body. This is the population pyramid for Belgium. promissory notes) and letters of credit. Informations, cartes et statistiques sur les populations et les pays du monde. This was 1.043% of total Belgium population. They employed new forms of economic exchange, including bills of exchange (i.e. Higher population densities are also more prevalent in the Global South, as in poorer countries transport infrastructure is less developed and housing used more intensively. Football is also popular in Bruges; the city hosts two professional football teams, both of which play at the top level (Belgian First Division) Club Brugge K.V. 5 744 732. Read more A virtual exploration of Bruges in all its glory – a 360° tour of at least 25 locations in the heart of the city. After the Castilian wool monopoly ended, the Basques, many hailing from Bilbao (Biscay), thrived as merchants (wool, iron commodities, etc.) Bruges is home to many museums of various kinds. This was 1.043% of total Belgium population. The Viking incursions of the ninth century prompted Count Baldwin I of Flanders to reinforce the Roman fortifications; trade soon resumed with England and Scandinavia. [26], The symbolist novelist George Rodenbach even made the sleepy city into a character in his novel Bruges-la-Morte, meaning "Bruges-the-dead", which was adapted into Erich Wolfgang Korngold's opera, Die tote Stadt (The Dead City). The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Dutch: Heilig-Bloedbasiliek), in particular, is the relic of the Holy Blood, which was brought to the city after the Second Crusade by Thierry of Alsace, and is paraded every year through the streets of the city. [27] The maritime infrastructure was modernized, and new connections with the sea were built, but without much success, as Antwerp became increasingly dominant. Without denying the usefulness of these schemes for towns with fewer international contacts, the main reason is that Bruges would find it difficult to choose between cities and thinks that it has enough work already with its many international contacts. Also compare Middle Dutch brucge, brugge (or brugghe, brigghe, bregghe, brogghe), and modern Dutch bruggehoofd ("bridgehead") and brug ("bridge"). On 12 September 1944 it was liberated by the 12th Manitoba Dragoons' Canadian troops. The following people were born in Bruges: In the 15th century, the city became the magnet for a number of prominent personalities: The first part of the "Letters from Zedelghem" story in, Some scenes from episode 6 of season 2 of, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 07:42. A storm in 1134, however, re-established this access, through the creation of a natural channel at the Zwin. The national Brussels Airport, one hour away by train or car, offers the best connections. [5], Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and St Petersburg, it is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. By the time Venetian galleys first appeared, in 1314, they were latecomers. Various celebrated painters, such as Hans Memling and Jan van Eyck, lived and worked in Bruges. last known population is ≈ 117 900 (year 2015). Most notably, the city is known for Bruggemuseum ("Bruges Museum"), the general name for a group of 11 different historical museums in the city, including: Bruges' non-municipal museums include the Brewery Museum, Hof Bladelin, Choco-Story (chocolate museum), Lumina Domestica (lamp museum), Museum-Gallery Xpo: Salvador Dalí, Diamond Museum,[37] Frietmuseum (museum dedicated to Belgian fries), Historium (museum of the medieval history of Bruges), Lace centre, St. George's Archers Guild, St. Sebastian's Archers’ Guild, St. Trudo Abbey, and the Public Observatory Beisbroek. N-VA. 19,33% -7,8%. La population belge continue chaque année à augmenter, mais plus lentement qu’auparavant, avec une croissance annuelle d’environ +0,5 % (2016, 2017 et 2018). By 2035, the population is projected to grow to 2,214,691 at a decreased growth rate of 0.30%. According to Pierins, it is enough that the city is already well known and there is also a lot of information to be found online. The Franks took over the whole region from the Gallo-Romans around the 4th century and administered it as the Pagus Flandrensis. This does not mean that Bruges would not be interested in cooperation with others, as well in the short term as in the long run, for particular projects. The Germans used it for their U-boats in World War I. In 2019 2020, the population of the city of Brugge, Belgium is - 117 224 people. At the end of the 14th century, Bruges became one of the Four Members, along with Franc of Bruges, Ghent and Ypres. [17], With the reawakening of town life in the twelfth century, a wool market, a woollens weaving industry, and the market for cloth all profited from the shelter of city walls, where surpluses could be safely accumulated under the patronage of the counts of Flanders. Sun 16 Jun 2019 02.00 EDT. The city's entrepreneurs reached out to make economic colonies of England and Scotland's[18] wool-producing districts. Name Arrondissement Population Census 1975-02-20 ... Communes in the boundaries of 1 January 2019. The Bourse opened in 1309 (most likely the first stock exchange in the world) and developed into the most sophisticated money market of the Low Countries in the 14th century. This is also when Edward IV and Richard III of England spent time in exile here. and established their own commercial consulate in Bruges by the mid-15th century. Le réseau Transports Bordeaux Métropole (TBM) dessert la commune au moyen de la ligne de tramway C [1] et les lignes de bus 6, 15, 29, 33, 35, 72 et 73.En soirée, en plus des lignes 6 et 15, la commune est desservie par le Flexo 57.. Réseau Trans Gironde. [12], Bruges was a location of coastal settlement during prehistory. Recent Posts. Bruges has an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb). Next to the several common primary and secondary schools, there are a few colleges, like the VIVES ( a fusion of the former KHBO (katholieke hogeschool Brugge Oostende) and the KATHO (katholieke hoge school) or the HOWEST (Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen). In 2021, Bruges, along with Leuven, is to host the UCI Road Racing Championship. Read the rest of this entry. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km2 (238 sq mi) and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008. Réseau TBM. A population may refer to an entire group of people, objects, events, hospital visits, or measurements. More than 1,600 inhabitants take part in this mile-long religious procession, many dressed as medieval knights or crusaders. Destroying the name and fame of the college “We used to be very proud of ‘our’ College of Europe as city council and population,” Bruges Mayor Dirk De fauw told De Morgen. It also provides at least hourly trains to all other major cities in Belgium, as well as to Lille, France. The city's total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008),[4] of whom around 20,000 live in the city centre. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Statistics Belgium, NIS-INS, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Liste des communes de Belgique par population. Bruges had a strategic location at the crossroads of the northern Hanseatic League trade and the southern trade routes. Mid-year (30 June) estimates of the usual resident population for 2011 Census Output Areas (OAs) in the London region of England. Hanseatic ships filled the harbor, which had to be expanded beyond Damme to Sluys to accommodate the new cog-ships. Parmi la population de 15 à 64 ans, Bruges comptabilise 6,3 % d'étudiants en 2017. The port of Zeebrugge was built in 1907. Both teams play their home games at the Jan Breydel Stadium (30,000 seats) in Sint-Andries. In 2019, in terms of population, the biggest cities or municipalities in Belgium were Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, and Brussels. In 1277, the first merchant fleet from the Republic of Genoa appeared in the port of Bruges, first of the merchant colony that made Bruges the main link to the trade of the Mediterranean. From 1940 in World War II the city again was occupied by the Germans and again spared destruction. Plans have long been under way to ban cars altogether from the historic center of Bruges or to restrict traffic much more than it currently is, but these plans have yet to come to fruition. Bruges has an extensive web of bus lines, operated by De Lijn, providing access to the city centre and the suburbs (city lines, Dutch: stadslijnen) and to many towns and villages in the region around the city (regional lines, Dutch: streeklijnen). The Dijver canal and the tower of the Church of Our Lady. Population de Bruges en 2020. [15] The city soon fell behind Antwerp as the economic flagship of the Low Countries. Il y a 262 146 habitants à Bordeaux en 2020, la population légale officielle de Bordeaux est cependant de 254 436 habitants car le dernier chiffre officiel date du 31/12/2016 (populations légales de 2017, 2018, 2019 identiques).Le nombre d'habitants pour 2020 est calculé à partir du taux d'évolution moyen annuel de 1.0% (2011-2016 source INSEE). Every three years the Bruges Triennial brings contemporary art and architecture to the historic city centre of Bruges: a unique setting and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [6][7] Bruges is well known as the seat of the College of Europe, a university institute for European studies. (212) 419-8286 Population historique [1] Le … [39] Further there are several regional and local trains. In 1089 Bruges became the capital of the County of Flanders. [citation needed]. 51, Albert Sugg a Gand; ca. The preserved old city gateways: the Kruispoort, the Gentpoort, the Smedenpoort and the Ezelpoort. Notre vocation est d'informer les internautes sur le monde et les populations qui y vivent, par le biais de fiches pays synthétiques, de statistiques, de cartes d'actualités, d'articles ponctuels, le tout dans divers domaines touchant l'humanité. Euro area: The first estimate for euro area exports of goods to the rest of the world in October 2020 was €199.3 billion, a decrease of 9.0% compared with October 2019 (€219.0 bn). M. Philippa, F. Debrabandere, A. Quak, T. Schoonheim & N. van der Sijs (2003–2009). [24] The weavers and spinners of Bruges were thought to be the best in the world, and the population of Bruges grew to at least 125,000 and perhaps up to 200,000 inhabitants at this time around 1400 AD.[25][26]. [33] The historic centre of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Bruges – routière. [9], The name probably derives from the Old Dutch for "bridge": brugga. Bruges (/bruːʒ/ BROOZH, French: [bʁyʒ] (listen); Dutch: Brugge [ˈbrʏɣə] (listen); German: Brügge [ˈbʁʏɡə]) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country, and the seventh-largest city of the country by population. Bruges has motorway connections in all directions: Driving within the 'egg', the historical centre enclosed by the main circle of canals in Bruges, is discouraged by traffic management schemes, including a network of one-way streets. In the 1970s, a Belgian consul in Oldenburg made the mayor of Bruges sign a declaration of friendship which he tried to present, in vain, as a jumelage. On 6 March 1987, the British ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise capsized after leaving the port, killing 187 people, in the worst disaster involving a British civilian vessel since 1919.[41]. However, only the latter two—Brugse Zot and Brugse Straffe Hendrik—are brewed in the city itself, in the De Halve Maan Brewery. By 1909 it had in operation an association called 'Bruges Forward: Society to Improve Tourism.'[30]. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 20,702. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares (138.4 km2; 53.44 sq miles), including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (from Brugge aan zee,[2] meaning "Bruges by the Sea"). are the current national champions, while the second team, Cercle Brugge K.S.V., was recently promoted to the first tier. Bruges is an important centre for education in West Flanders. Bruges is known for its lace, a textile technique. Follow us. [19] This development opened not only the trade in spices from the Levant, but also advanced commercial and financial techniques and a flood of capital that soon took over the banking of Bruges. Answer: Bruges (Brugge), Belgium (Administrative unit: West Flanders) - The population of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels on January 1, 2019 was 6,589,069 (57.6% of Belgium), 3,633,795 (31.8% of Belgium) and 1,208,542 (10.6% of Belgium), respectively. In World War I German forces occupied Bruges but the city suffered virtually no damage and was liberated on 19 October 1918 by the Allies. The first book in English ever printed was published in Bruges by William Caxton. (Excelsior Series 11, No. An aerial view over one of Bruges' canals. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. In the Bruges area, the first fortifications were built after Julius Caesar's conquest of the Menapii in the first century BC, to protect the coastal area against pirates. POP T6 - Population de 15 ans ou plus par sexe, âge et catégorie socioprofessionnelle en 2017 - Hommes Femmes Part en % de la population âgée de; 15 à 24 ans 25 à 54 ans 55 ans ou + Ensemble: 6 872: 7 775: 100,0: 100,0: 100,0: Agriculteurs exploitants: 7: 12: 0,0: 0,1: 0,3 [citation needed]. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in December. Each year about nine million tourists visit the historic centre of Bruges, according to 2017 calculations, eclipsing the resident population of just under 20,000, amounting to around 126 visitors per day per 100 residents. World Population Real Time Clock. Country facts. Si le taux de croissance de la population serait même que dans la période 2010-2015 (+0.2%/an), la population de/d' Bruges en 2020 serait: 119 042*. Municipality in Flemish Community, Belgium, Museums and historic sites (non-religious). Il y a 19 643 habitants à Bruges en 2020, la population légale officielle de Bruges est cependant de 17 924 habitants car le dernier chiffre officiel date du 31/12/2016 (populations légales de 2017, 2018, 2019 identiques). Ce site est le fruit d'une passion : les Humains et la Terre. Bruges, the patron saint of which is Andrew the Apostle,[38] is also known for its religious landmarks. Population de Bordeaux en 2020. [11] The Dutch word and the English "bridge" both derive from Proto-Germanic *brugjō-. Bruges became impoverished and gradually faded in importance; its population dwindling from 200,000 to 50,000 by 1900. Naissances cette année. Résultats. [21] The foreign merchants expanded the city's trading zones. Naissances aujourd'hui. Brugge’s intricate network of canals has led many to describe the city as the Venice of the North. MapsRoom – Maps for all. Bus links to the centre are frequent, though the railway station is just a 10-minute walk from the main shopping streets and a 20-minute walk from the Market Square. In 1302, however, after the Bruges Matins (the nighttime massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by the members of the local Flemish militia on 18 May 1302), the population joined forces with the Count of Flanders against the French, culminating in the victory at the Battle of the Golden Spurs, fought near Kortrijk on 11 July. On principle, Bruges has to date never entered into close collaboration with twin cities. There are plans for a new stadium for Club Brugge with about 45,000 seats in the north of the city, while the city council would renovate and reduce the capacity of the Jan Breydel Stadium for Cercle Brugge.[42]. Although a few streets are restricted, no part of Bruges is car-free. In support of the municipal traffic management (see "Road" above), free public transport is available for those who park their cars in the main railway station car park. After 1965, the original medieval city experienced a "renaissance". The Dampoort, the Katelijnepoort and the Boeveriepoort are gone. During the 17th century, the lace industry took off, and various efforts to bring back the glorious past were made. Bruges – satellite. The nearest airport is the Ostend-Bruges International Airport in Ostend (around 25 kilometres (16 miles) from the city centre of Bruges), but it offers limited passenger transport and connections. [28], In the last half of the 19th century, Bruges became one of the world's first tourist destinations attracting wealthy British and French tourists. Population masculine actuelle (49.0%) 5 972 524. Question: What is the population of Bruges? 1905): Gillespie, John Thomas and Corinne J. Naden. Population actuelle. [16] The city eagerly welcomed foreign traders, most notably the Portuguese traders selling pepper and other spices. Other religious landmarks and museums include the Church of Our Lady, English Convent, Jerusalem Church, Saint Salvator's Cathedral, St. Trudo's Abbey, Béguinage (Dutch: Begijnhof), and Ter Doest Abbey (Dutch: Abdij Ter Doest) in Lissewege. Book your tickets online for the top things to do in Bruges, Belgium on Tripadvisor: See 416,781 traveler reviews and photos of Bruges tourist attractions. used data from the number of the population from official sources. A population pyramid illustrates the age and sex structure of a country's population and may provide insights about political and social stability, as well as economic development. Le réseau Trans Gironde ne dessert pas la commune. Belgium - Belgium - Ethnic groups and languages: The population of Belgium is divided into three linguistic communities. In the south the French-speaking Walloons make up about one-third of the country’s population. The highest density cities in the world are in South and South East Asia, such as Mumbai , Dhaka and Manila (note this depends how density is measured- see the Analysis page). 118.862 hab. Belgium moderately populated for its size. 216. Recently there also started a direct bus line from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Bruges. Early medieval habitation starts in the 9th and 10th century on the Burgh terrain, probably with a fortified settlement and church.[13]. During the 1650s, the city was the base for Charles II of England and his court in exile.