Mol, Belgium

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Mol
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Location of Mol
Mol, Belgium
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Mol
Location in Belgium
Location of Mol in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°11′N05°07′E / 51.183°N 5.117°E / 51.183; 5.117 Coordinates: 51°11′N05°07′E / 51.183°N 5.117°E / 51.183; 5.117
CountryFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
Government
  Mayor Wim Caeyers (CD&V)
  Governing party/ies CD&V, N-VA
Area
  Total114.55 km2 (44.23 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Total37,022
  Density320/km2 (840/sq mi)
Postal codes
2400
Area codes 014, 011
Website gemeentemol.be

Mol (Dutch pronunciation: [mɔl] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Mol. In 2021, Mol had a total population of 37,021 inhabitants. [2] The total area is 114.19 km2. [3] [4] [5] Mol is a popular holiday resort, with many lakes surrounded by woods. There are two main tourist lakes:

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Furthermore, there is a Sun Parks holiday centre called "Kempense Meren" with an indoor swimming pool. The museum of Jakob Smits is located in the former vicarage of Mol-Sluis. This displays works of the artist Jakob Smits (1855-1928) and other painters of the Molse School, who were attracted to the area by its rustic views including several windmills (of which only one remains).

In the north-east corner of Mol, near the Dutch border, lies the Norbertine Postel Abbey. Mol is also home to the SCK•CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, the Flemish institute for technological research (VITO) and a European School. The first industries in Mol were the Vieille Montagne company and the explosive factory N.V. La Forcite. In 1872 the Sablières et Carrières Réunies (SCR), now Sibelco, was founded in order to extract the silica sand layers in Mol for industrial applications. The company became the global market leader in this sector with production sites all over the world.

The 15 chapels [6] were built by Pater Helsen in 1815 with 14 co-workers of the region. It is a protected monument.

Municipality structure

The municipality of Mol is divided in different townships respectively named:

Places of interest

Civil architecture

Religious architecture

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Postel Abbey

Museum

Education

European School, Mol is located in the city.

Notable born or raised inhabitants

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Tom Boonen
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Hadise
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Joël Smets

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  2. "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 12030D". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
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