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 Pjeirrefretters (horse eaters) because horse meat (especially steak) is a beloved food in town.
The official language of Vilvoorde is Dutch. There is a French-speaking minority of about 20%, concentrated mainly in the Koningslo quarter bordering Brussels.
3 members represent the French-speaking minority on the 33-seat local council. The city is also home to a sizeable Spanish minority. In the centre of the city, 1 out of 10 inhabitants have Spanish nationality, and the proportion of Belgians with Spanish roots is even higher. Most immigrated after World War II, from Peñarroya-Pueblonuevoin Andalusia. There is also a large Moroccan community, and many smaller communities of more recent immigrants including Turks, Macedonians and Portuguese. From 2000 until August 1, 2007, the mayor was a former Belgian prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene. The mayor since 2013 is Hans Bonte, also a member of the federal House of Representatives.
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