Olen, Belgium

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Olen
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Olen
Flag
Coat of arms of Olen
Coat of arms
Olen, Belgium is located in Belgium
Olen
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°09′N 04°51′E / 51.150°N 4.850°E / 51.150; 4.850Coordinates: 51°09′N 04°51′E / 51.150°N 4.850°E / 51.150; 4.850
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceAntwerp
ArrondissementTurnhout
Government
 • MayorMarcel Bellens (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, O1
Area
 • Total23.17 km2 (8.95 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total11,923
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal codes2250
Area codes014, 03
Websitewww.olen.be
 
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Olen
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Olen
Flag
Coat of arms of Olen
Coat of arms
Olen, Belgium is located in Belgium
Olen
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°09′N 04°51′E / 51.150°N 4.850°E / 51.150; 4.850Coordinates: 51°09′N 04°51′E / 51.150°N 4.850°E / 51.150; 4.850
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceAntwerp
ArrondissementTurnhout
Government
 • MayorMarcel Bellens (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, O1
Area
 • Total23.17 km2 (8.95 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total11,923
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Postal codes2250
Area codes014, 03
Websitewww.olen.be

Olen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈ(ʔ)oːl̪ə(n̪)]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality actually comprises 3 towns, situated on a north-south axis.

On January 1, 2009 Olen had a total population of 11,655. The total area is 23.10 km².

In history of Uranium mining[edit]

In the 1920s and 1930s the Union Minière du Haut Katanga company, operating in the then Belgian colony of Congo, had a virtual monopoly of the world uranium market (holding most of the deposits known at the time). The uranium mined in Congo was mostly transported to the UMHK refinery for uranium ore which was located in Olen. Some 1200 tonnes of uranium stored at the Olen refinery were captured by the Germans during the invasion and occupation of Belgium in 1940, and only recovered by US troops at the end of the war.

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