Hasselt is a Belgian city and municipality, and capital of the Flamish province of Limburg (equivalent to the medieval County of Loon or Looz). The Hasselt municipality includes the original city of Hasselt, plus the old communes of Sint-Lambrechts-Herk, Wimmertingen, Kermt, Spalbeek, Kuringen, Stokrooie, Stevoort and Runkst, as well as the hamlets and parishes of Kiewit, Godsheide and Rapertingen.
On 31 December 2007 Hasselt had a total population of 71 520 (34 951 men and 36 569 women). Hasselt is located on the Demer river and is also connected to the Albert Canal. Hasselt is located in between the Campine and Hesbaye regions (Dutch Kempen and Haspengouw), to the north and south respectively. It is also in the middle of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.