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Coordinates: 51°06′N04°31′E / 51.100°N 4.517°E / 51.100; 4.517
CountryFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Mechelen
  MayorSofie Joosen (N-VA)
  Governing party/ies N-VA, CD&V
  Total22.6 km2 (8.7 sq mi)
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
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Area codes 015, 03
Website www.duffel.be

Duffel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdʏfəl] ) is a municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp.


The municipality comprises the town of Duffel proper. On 1 January 2020, Duffel had a total population of 17,664. The total area is 22.71 km2 which gives a population density of 778 inhabitants per km2.

The area is the eponym of a coarse woolen cloth, manufactured in this area from the 11th century, mainly used to make blankets, outdoor (army) coats, and tote bags. Duffel became a household name during and after World War II in the meaning of a coat designed with toggle-and-loop fastening and roomy hood. [2]

The etymology of Duffel is from "dubro" and "locus", from the Gaulish dubrum, dubron – "water".

In 1836, the Duffel railway station opened on the Brussels-North to Antwerp railway line. [3]

Duffel cloth

The town gives its name to a type of heavy woolen cloth generally used to make blankets and overcoats, especially for the armed forces, and a type of luggage. [4] In the Middle Ages, an important part of the region's industry was the manufacturing of Flemish laken (a broadcloth), while the cloth produced in Duffel was a thicker variation. The manufacturing process was brought to England by Flemish emigrants in the 1500s. [5] The name for the cloth was so well-known that a type of overcoat made from the cloth and manufactured in England got the name Duffel coat. [6] [7]

Notable natives


Climate data for Duffel (1991−2020 normals)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)6.7
Daily mean °C (°F)4.0
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)1.3
Average precipitation mm (inches)68.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)11.911.
Mean monthly sunshine hours 617713418821821822321016311766511,726
Source: Royal Meteorological Institute [8]

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