French-speaking Brabant Wallon (Walloon Brabant in English), is the southern third of the former province of Brabant, which was carved up in 1995. It is the smallest Belgian province, both in surface area and population.
The suburbs near Brussels are dense and sprawling, encompassing the historic town of Waterloo and the reaching all the way to the outlying city of Wavre, which serves as the capital of Brabant Wallon. Technology firms have a major presence in Brabant Wallon, especially around Brussels and in the university town of Louvain-la-Neuve. The east and west corners of the province remain largely rural, alternating farmland with large wealthy estates.