Pekela

Pekela (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːkəlaː] (listen)) is a municipality in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. It was created in 1990 when Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged.

Pekela

Flag

Coat of arms
Location of Pekela (green) in the province of Groningen (dark grey) in the Netherlands (light grey)
Coordinates: 53°6′N 7°0′E
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGroningen
Government
  BodyMunicipal council
  MayorJaap Kuin (acting) (PvdA)
Area
  Total50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi)
  Land49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi)
  Water1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
  Total12,380
  Density252/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
9662–9669
Area code0597
Websitewww.pekela.nl

History

The municipality of Pekela was created when the municipalities of Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged in 1990.

Geography

Pekela is located at 53°6′N 7°0′E in the southeast of the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is bordered by the municipalities of Oldambt (in the north), Bellingwedde (east), Stadskanaal (south), Veendam (west), and Menterwolde (northwest).

The river Pekel Aa crosses the municipality from north to south. The main population centres in the municipality are the villages of Boven Pekela (Upper Pekela), Nieuwe Pekela (New Pekela), and Oude Pekela (Old Pekela). Part of the village of Alteveer and the hamlets of Bronsveen and Hoetmansmeer are also in the municipality.

The municipality has a total area of 50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi), of which 49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi) is land and 1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi) is water.[2]

Governance

The acting mayor (burgemeester) of Pekela is Jaap Kuin of the Labour Party.[1] The municipal council of Pekela consists of 15 seats, which are divided as follows:

Municipality seats
Party19982002200620102014
PvdA66732
GroenLinks43121
CDA23212
VVD22121
SP--334
ChristenUnie111-1
Samen Voor Pekela---43
VCP----1
Total1515151515

Demographics

In 2017, the municipality had a total population of 12,380 and a population density of 252/km2 (650/sq mi).[4]

Notable people

References

  1. "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Pekela. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. "Postcodetool for 9665JD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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