Namur

Namur nämür´ [key], Du. Namen, province (1991 pop. 423,317), S Belgium, bordering on France in the south. The chief cities are Namur (the capital) and Dinant. The province is generally hilly it is drained by the Meuse, Sambre, and Lesse rivers and is traversed in the south by the Ardennes. It is largely agricultural. There are also extensive marble, limestone, and granite quarries iron mines and glass and cutlery factories. The province, which is mainly French-speaking (see Walloons ), includes the former county of Namur, part of the former prince-bishopric of Liège , and part of Hainaut . A resort industry is developing along the southern stretches of the Meuse.

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