|• Mayor||Sofie Joosen (NVA)|
|• Governing party/ies||NVA|
|• Total||22.71 km2 (8.77 sq mi)|
|• Density||770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Area codes||015, 03|
Duffel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɵfəl] ) is a municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp.
The municipality comprises only 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 namegiver to a certain type of coarse woolen cloth manufactured in this area from the 11th century, mainly used to make blankets, outdoor (army) coats and tot bags. Duffel again became a household name during and after World War II, in the meaning of a certain coat, designed with toggle-and-tow fastening and large hood.
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.
The town gives its name to a certain type of heavy woolen cloth generally used to make blankets, overcoats, especially for the armed forces, and a certain type of luggage bag.In the middle ages, an important part of the region's industry was the manufacturing of so called Flemish laken (a broadcloth), the cloth produced in Duffel was a thicker variation. Skills and know-how of the manufacturing process have been brought to England by Flemish emigrants from the 1500s. The name for the cloth was so well known, that a certain type of overcoat made from the 19th century on from cloth manufactured in England, got the name Duffel coat.
|Climate data for Duffel (1991−2020 normals)|
|Average high °C (°F)||6.7|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||4.0|
|Average low °C (°F)||1.3|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||68.0|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||11.9||11.1||10.4||8.5||9.5||9.8||10.2||10.1||9.6||10.6||12.1||13.4||127.2|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||61||77||134||188||218||218||223||210||163||117||66||51||1,726|
|Source: Royal Meteorological Institute|
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