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Location in Belgium
Location of Duffel in the province of Antwerp
Coordinates: 51°06′N04°31′E / 51.100°N 4.517°E / 51.100; 4.517 Coordinates: 51°06′N04°31′E / 51.100°N 4.517°E / 51.100; 4.517
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Mechelen
  MayorSofie Joosen (NVA)
  Governing party/ies NVA
  Total22.71 km2 (8.77 sq mi)
 (2018-01-01) [1]
  Density770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes 015, 03
Website www.duffel.be

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. [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 certain type of heavy woolen cloth generally used to make blankets, overcoats, especially for the armed forces, and a certain type of luggage bag. [4] 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. [5] 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. [6] [7]

Notable natives


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)11.911.
Mean monthly sunshine hours 617713418821821822321016311766511,726
Source: Royal Meteorological Institute [8]

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