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’s-Gravenbrakel  (Dutch)
The kiosk and Town Hall
The kiosk and Town Hall
Flag of Braine-le-Comte
Coat of arms of Braine-le-Comte
Coat of arms
Braine-le-Comte is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Braine-le-Comte in Hainaut
Braine-le-Comte Hainaut Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 50°36′N 04°08′E / 50.600°N 4.133°E / 50.600; 4.133Coordinates: 50°36′N 04°08′E / 50.600°N 4.133°E / 50.600; 4.133
CommunityFrench Community
 • MayorJean-Jacques Flahaux (BRAINE)
 • Governing party/iesBRAINE, PS
 • Total84.68 km2 (32.70 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total21,532
 • Density250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postal codes7090
Area codes067

Braine-le-Comte (Dutch: ’s-Gravenbrakel) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Braine-le-Comte had a total population of 20,305. The total area is 84.68 square kilometres (32.70 sq mi) which gives a population density of 240 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Hennuyères, Henripont, Petit-Rœulx-lez-Braine, Ronquières, and Steenkerque (Steenkerke).

The Ronquières inclined plane at the Canal du Centre is in the municipality of Braine-Le Comte.

St. Gaugericus' Church


On August 3, 1692, during the Nine Years War, the French army defeated a joint English-Dutch-German army in the Battle of Steenkerque in the current municipality of Braine-le-Comte.

Postal history[edit]

The Braine-le-Comte post-office opened before 1830. It used postal code 22 with bars (before 1864) and 53 with points (before 1874). The Hennuyères post office opened on 6 November 1865. It used postal code 161 with points (before 1874). The Ronquières post office opened on 10 January 1895.[2]

Postal codes in 1969:[3]

  • 7198 Ronquières
  • 7199 Henripont
  • 7490 Braine-le-Comte
  • 7491 Steenkerque
  • 7492 Petit-Rœulx-lez-Braine
  • 7498 Hennuyères

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ Catalogue Spécialisé des Oblitérations Belges, NIPA, Antwerp, 1999.
  3. ^ Liste des Numéros Postaux, Administration des Postes, Bruxelles. 1969.

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