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Geography: Vilvoorde is a Belgian municipality in the Flemish province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the city of Vilvoorde proper with its two outlying quarters of Koningslo and Houtem and the small town of Peutie. The nickname for inhabitants of Vilvoorde is Pjeirefretters (horse eaters) because horse meat (specially steak) is a beloved food in Vilvoorde.

The official language of Vilvoorde is Dutch. There is a French-speaking minority of about 33.7%, concentrated especially in the Koningslo and Beauval quarter bordering Brussels. The French-speaking minority is represented by 3 members on the 33-seat local council. The city is also home to a large Spanish minority. In the center of the city, 1 out of 10 inhabitants have Spanish nationality and the proportion of Belgians with Spanish roots is even greater. Most immigrated after World War II, from Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo in Andalusia. There is also a large Moroccan community, and many smaller communities of more recent immigrants including Turks, Macedonians and Portuguese.

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History:

Population: 44 015

Sights:

Vilvoorde. Brabant coking plant, 1928
Brabant coking plant, 1928
Vilvoorde. Bridge
Bridge
Vilvoorde. Church of Our Lady on Chastel-d'Andelot Square
Church of Our Lady on Chastel-d'Andelot Square
Vilvoorde. Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady
Vilvoorde. City Hall
City Hall
Vilvoorde. Grand Place and City Hall
Grand Place and City Hall
Vilvoorde. Hanssens Boulevard
Hanssens Boulevard
Vilvoorde. Hotel Coomans, Chastel Square opposite the Church
Hotel Coomans, Chastel Square opposite the Church
Vilvoorde. Jean Baptiste Nowelei Avenue
Jean Baptiste Nowelei Avenue
Vilvoorde. Jean Portaels Monument
Jean Portaels Monument
Vilvoorde. Middle School for Boys
Middle School for Boys
Vilvoorde. Old Disciplinary House
Old Disciplinary House
Vilvoorde. Railway bridge and Louvain street, 1911
Railway bridge and Louvain street, 1911
Vilvoorde. Railway station
Railway station
Vilvoorde. Royal School Atheneum
Royal School Atheneum
Vilvoorde. School
School
Vilvoorde. Signal troops barracks
Signal troops barracks
Vilvoorde. Sluice, 1908
Sluice, 1908
Vilvoorde. Station Square, Portaels Statue and Grand Hotel, 1922
Station Square, Portaels Statue and Grand Hotel, 1922
Vilvoorde. Station Square
Station Square
Vilvoorde. Three Fountains Inn, Café Restaurant
Three Fountains Inn, Café Restaurant
Vilvoorde. Ursuline Boarding School
Ursuline Boarding School
Vilvoorde. Water tower, 1903
Water tower, 1903
Vilvoorde. Water tower
Water tower



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