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Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (French)
Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Dutch)
Municipal Square of Molenbeek
Municipal Square of Molenbeek
Flag of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (French)Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Dutch)
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Coat of arms of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean (French)Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Dutch)
Coat of arms
Country Belgium
Region Brussels
Community Flemish Community
French Community
Arrondissement Brussels
Area
 • Total 5.89 km2 (2.27 sq mi)
Population (January 2010)
 • Total 88,181
 • Density 14,971/km2 (38,780/sq mi)
Postal codes 1080
Area codes 02

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean is one of 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium). Located to the west of the region, it is bordered by the City of Brussels, from which it is separated by the Brussels–Charleroi Canal, as well as by the municipalities of Anderlecht, Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Dilbeek, Jette and Koekelberg. The Molenbeek brook, from which it takes its name, flows through the municipality. In common with all of Brussels’ municipalities, it is legally bilingual (French–Dutch).

In 2014, Molenbeek had a population of 94,854 inhabitants. It is densely populated, at 16,357/km2 (42,360/sq mi), twice the average of Brussels. Its upper area is greener and less densely populated.

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