Niel, Belgium

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Location of Niel
Niel, Belgium
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Niel
Location in Belgium
Location of Niel in the province of Antwerp
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Coordinates: 51°07′N04°20′E / 51.117°N 4.333°E / 51.117; 4.333 Coordinates: 51°07′N04°20′E / 51.117°N 4.333°E / 51.117; 4.333
CountryBelgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Government
  MayorTom De Vries (Open VLD)
  Governing party/ies N-VA, Open Vld
Area
  Total5.27 km2 (2.03 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01) [1]
  Total10,546
  Density2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Postal codes
2845
Area codes 03
Website www.niel.be

Niel (Dutch pronunciation: [nil] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Niel proper. In 2021, Niel had a total population of 10.493. The total area is 5.27 km². [2]

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History

Niel used to belong to the Lordship of Mechelen. In 1462, it became part of the Duchy of Brabant. Niel became an independent parish in the 14th century. During most of its history, it was an agricultural community along the Rupel river. In the 19th century, Niel became an industrial town with brickworks, cement factories and shoe factories. [3]

Sports

Niel is home for Niel Jaarmarkt Cyclo-cross, a cyclo-cross race held in and around the town. The race is part of the Cyclo-cross Gazet van Antwerpen.

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References

  1. "Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2020". Statbel.
  2. "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 12030D". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  3. "Niel". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 May 2022.