Houthalen-Helchteren

Houthalen-Helchteren is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. Houthalen-Helchteren consists of Houthalen-centrum, Houthalen-Oost, Helchteren, Sonnis, Laak, Meulenberg and Lillo. On January 1, 2006, Houthalen-Helchteren had a total population of around 31.000. The total area is 78.27 km² which gives a population density of 383 inhabitants per km².

Houthalen-Helchteren

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Houthalen-Helchteren
Location in Belgium
Location of Houthalen-Helchteren in Limburg
Coordinates: 51°02′N 05°23′E
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceLimburg
ArrondissementMaaseik
Government
  MayorAlain IJzermans (sp.a)
  Governing party/iessp.a, CD&V
Area
  Total78.27 km2 (30.22 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
  Total30,623
  Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Postal codes
3530
Area codes011, 089
Websitewww.houthalen-helchteren.be

Geography

Helchteren is located near the watershed between the Meuse and the Scheldt. In the immediate vicinity the Dommel (which flows to the Meuse near Den Bosch), the Grote Nete (which flows to the Scheldt) and the Neer (that joins the Meuse just south of Roermond) all originate.

History of Helchteren

Helchteren could have become famous in 1702 when, during the War of the Spanish Succession, a French Army under Boufflers faced an alliance army under Marlborough. A battle could have ensued, but instead it came to the not so famous cannonade of Helchteren. The cannonade itself is however a seldom occurring event in military history.

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