Aartselaar

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Aartselaar
Municipality of Belgium
Aartselaar - town hall.
Aartselaar - town hall.
Flag of Aartselaar
Flag
Coat of arms of Aartselaar
Coat of arms
Aartselaar is located in Belgium
Aartselaar
Aartselaar
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceAntwerp
ArrondissementAntwerp
Government
 • MayorSophie De Wit (NVA)
 • Governing party/ies[NVA]]-SPA-GROEN
Area
 • Total10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total14,281
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Postal codes2630
Area codes03
Websitewww.aartselaar.be
 
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Aartselaar
Municipality of Belgium
Aartselaar - town hall.
Aartselaar - town hall.
Flag of Aartselaar
Flag
Coat of arms of Aartselaar
Coat of arms
Aartselaar is located in Belgium
Aartselaar
Aartselaar
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceAntwerp
ArrondissementAntwerp
Government
 • MayorSophie De Wit (NVA)
 • Governing party/ies[NVA]]-SPA-GROEN
Area
 • Total10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total14,281
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Postal codes2630
Area codes03
Websitewww.aartselaar.be

Aartselaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈ(ʔ)äːrt̪s̪əl̪äːr], old spelling: Aertselaer) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Aartselaar proper. On January 1, 2006 Aartselaar had a total population of 14,375. The total area is 10.93 km² which gives a population density of 1,316 inhabitants per km². The municipality of Aartselaar is located in the southern outskirts of Antwerp. It is known for its 1801 windmill (Heimolen) as well as the cycling race called Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

Name origins

The origin of the name of the town is obscure; the most probable etymology refers to "Arcelar", a clearing in the woods (laar) located near a border (archas).

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