Place:Linkebeek, Brabant, Belgium

Located inBrabant, Belgium
Also located inVlaams-Brabant, Vlaanderen, Belgium    
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Linkebeek is a Belgian municipality in Flanders, part of the province of Flemish Brabant, and in the administrative district of Halle-Vilvoorde. The municipality only comprises the town of Linkebeek proper. As of January 1, 2006, Linkebeek has a total population of 4,759. The total area is 4.15 km² which gives a population density of 1,147 inhabitants per km².

The official language is Dutch with French facilities. In 1954, special linguistic rights were given to Francophones (according to the 1947 census, they constituted nearly 40% of the population). Now, Francophones make up the majority of the population. Francophones can request official documents from the local administration in French. There are also primary and nursery schools teaching in French.

The mayor since 2000 is Damien Thiéry of the Union des Francophones (UF). In 2006, he was re-elected with 86% of the vote. However, Thiéry has not yet been nominated by the Flemish minister Marino Keulen, who has obstructed Thiéry's nomination because Thiery sent convocations in both French and Dutch. Linkebeek has indicated that if the electoral district of Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde is split, it wishes to be incorporated into the Brussels-Capital Region.

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