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  • Article 8/27/2023

Facts and figures North Brabant

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Both nationally and internationally, Brabant excels in showcasing its strengths. As the premier knowledge and innovation region. As the design province of the Netherlands. As the place to be for that typical Brabant coziness. Here are some facts and figures.

Otecki - Blind Walls Gallery

After Gelderland, Brabant is the largest province in the Netherlands in terms of area. We have many neighbors: Zuid-Holland and Gelderland to the north, Zeeland to the west, Limburg to the east, and Belgium to the south. Germany is also just around the corner. Eindhoven and Tilburg, with over 225,000 inhabitants each, are the largest cities. They are followed by Breda (over 180,000) and 's-Hertogenbosch (over 150,000), the capital of Brabant. This city, colloquially known as Den Bosch, is the birthplace of the world-famous painter Hieronymus Bosch. And who doesn't know the St. John's Cathedral and the Bossche Bol, an oversized chocolate cream puff?

2.6 million


5,081 km²

terms of area

City vs. Countryside

Most Brabantians live in cities. However, a significant portion of economic activity is still located in the countryside – in livestock farming and agriculture. The Northeast Brabant region – with Oss, Uden, and Veghel – remains one of the most important industrial areas in the country. And did you know that Brabant, with Eindhoven as its beating heart, is the design province of the Netherlands? The region is attracting more and more visitors from both within and outside the country. To shop, to visit one of the 124 museums, or simply to enjoy drinks and food. It's no wonder that we're known for our Brabant coziness.

Glow Eindhoven
Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

Brabant in Facts and Figures

  • 2.6 million inhabitants as of January 1, 2023
  • 5,081 km² in terms of area
  • 56 municipalities
  • 21 Brabant enterprises in the Chamber of Commerce Innovation Top 100 (2022)
  • 700 startups in Brabant (2022)
  • Top 3 most innovative regions in the Netherlands

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