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The CITY OF BRUSSELS (French : Ville de Bruxelles or alternatively Bruxelles-Ville , Dutch : Stad Brussel or Brussel-Stad) is the largest municipality of the Brussels-Capital Region , and the de jure capital of Belgium
Belgium
. The City of Brussels
Brussels
covers most of the Region's centre, as well as northern outskirts where it borders municipalities in Flanders
Flanders
. It is the administrative centre of the European Union
European Union
.

The City of Brussels
Brussels
is a municipality consisting of the central historic town and certain additional areas within the greater Brussels-Capital Region, namely Haren , Laeken and Neder-Over-Heembeek to the north, and Avenue Louise/Louizalaan and the Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos park to the south.

On 1 January 2016, the City of Brussels
Brussels
had a total population of 178,552. The total area is 32.61 km2 (12.59 sq mi) which gives a population density of 5,475 inhabitants per square kilometre (14,180/sq mi). As of 2007, there were approximately 50,000 registered non-Belgians in the City of Brussels.

CONTENTS

* 1 Territorial homes * 2 Mayors * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

TERRITORIAL HOMES

Engraving from c. 1610

At first, the City of Brussels
Brussels
was simply defined, being the area within the second walls of Brussels
Brussels
, the modern-day small ring . As the city grew, the surrounding villages grew as well, eventually growing into a contiguous city, though the local governments retained control of their respective areas.

The construction of Avenue Louise was commissioned in 1847 as a monumental avenue bordered by chestnut trees that would allow easy access to the popular recreational area of the Bois de la Cambre . However, fierce resistance to the project was put up by the town of Ixelles
Ixelles
(which was then still separate from Brussels) through whose land the avenue was supposed to run. After years of fruitless negotiations, Brussels
Brussels
finally annexed the narrow band of land needed for the avenue plus the Bois de la Cambre itself in 1864. That decision accounts for the unusual southeastern protrusion of the City of Brussels
Brussels
and for Ixelles
Ixelles
being split in two separate parts. The Université Libre de Bruxelles
Université Libre de Bruxelles
' Solbosch campus is also part of the City of Brussels, partially accounting for the bulge in the southeast end.

Unlike most of the municipalities in Belgium, the ones located in the Brussels-Capital Region were not merged with others during mergers occurring in 1964, 1970, and 1975. However, a few neighbouring municipalities have been merged into the City of Brussels, including Haren, Laken and Neder-Over-Heembeek in 1921. These comprise the northern bulge in the municipality. To the south-east is also a strip of land along Avenue Louise that was annexed from the Ixelles municipality.

MAYORS

Main article: List of mayors of the City of Brussels
Brussels

As in every other Belgian municipality, the City of Brussels
Brussels
is headed by a mayor, who should not be confused with the <