Charleroi is the largest city and municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. The agglomeration has a population of around 500,000 inhabitants, which makes it the fifth largest agglomeration of the country. The inhabitants are called Carolorégiens or simply Carolos.

-The municipality features an industrial area, iron and steel industry, glassworks, chemicals, and electrical engineering. Charleroi is in the center of a vast coal basin, called Pays noir. Many slag heaps still surround the city. Charleroi is also known for its publishing industry with Dupuis, one of the main publishers of Franco-Belgian comics, located in Marcinelle.

- Wikipedia 2007

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