Meerhout

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Meerhout
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Location of Meerhout
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Meerhout
Location in Belgium
Location of Meerhout in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°08′N05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083 Coordinates: 51°08′N05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083
CountryBelgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
Government
  MayorNele Geudens (CD&V)
  Governing party/iesCD (CD&V)
Area
  Total36.29 km2 (14.01 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Total10,324
  Density280/km2 (740/sq mi)
Postal codes
2450
Area codes 014
Website www.meerhout.be

Meerhout (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːrɦʌu̯t] ) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Meerhout proper. In 2021, Meerhout had a total population of 10,279. [2] The total area is 36.29 km² which gives a population density of 264 inhabitants per km². In Meerhout some famous people have lived, like Kate Ryan (well known in France and Belgium, The UK, Turkey, Spain and the rest of western Europe).

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Meerhout is a part of the Economic Network of the Albertkanaal (Albert Canal, named after King Albert 1).

Demographics

As of 1 January 2008, there are 9578 people living in Meerhout. 50.4% of them are men, 49.6% are women. Most people are older than 40.

19th century
Year180618161830184618561866187618801890
Population253428453237363336593664387140434363
Note: results as of 31/12
20th century until reform
Year19001910192019301947196119701976
Population45315362587161977189794585678521
Note: results as of 31/12
After reform
Year1977198019851990199520002005200620072008
Population8521864487909070919091929317936194639578
Note: results as of 01/01 - Source: National Institute of Statistics Belgium (NIS)

Tourism

There is quite a lot of tourism in Meerhout.[ citation needed ] Tourist routes include the "drieprovincieënroute" (three provinces route), which is a cycling route going through the provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant and Limburg. There are also some B&Bs available, and most shopkeepers understand English. Meerhout is popular among people from the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.[ citation needed ] Some (older) English people visit Meerhout too because of "The Wing" and other memorial icons of WW2. Every year, around the last week-end of April, around 30,000 people travel to Meerhout to go to Groezrock, one of the world's largest punk rock festivals.[ citation needed ]

Education

There are only 5 schools in Meerhout, these schools are both Pre- and Primary schools for children between the age of 3 and 12 years old.

There are secondary schools in the neighbourhood which are easily reachable by public transport or car/bicycle, in Geel, Mol, Diest and Tessenderlo.

Sports

A cyclo-cross competition is held in October.

Media

Meerhout had its own radio station, "MeerGoud" (MeerHout=>Meergoud, Goud means "Gold"), but it ceased broadcasting in 2006.

Notable inhabitants

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