Schoten

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Schoten
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Location of Schoten
Schoten
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Schoten
Location in Belgium
Location of Schoten in Antwerp Province
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Coordinates: 51°15′N04°30′E / 51.250°N 4.500°E / 51.250; 4.500 Coordinates: 51°15′N04°30′E / 51.250°N 4.500°E / 51.250; 4.500
CountryFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Government
  MayorMaarten De Veuster (N-VA)
  Governing party/ies N-VA, Open VLD
Area
  Total29.51 km2 (11.39 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [1]
  Total34,462
  Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Postal codes
2900
Area codes 03
Website www.schoten.be

Schoten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsxoːtə(n)] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) is a municipality located in Antwerp Province, Belgium. The municipality only comprises the town of Schoten proper. As of 1 January 2020 Schoten has a total population of 34,311. The total area is 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi) which gives a population density of 1,122/km2 (2,910/sq mi). Schoten borders the Antwerp districts Merksem to the west and Deurne to the south west. Neighboring municipalities include Brasschaat to the north, Brecht to the north east, Schilde to the east, and Wijnegem to the south.

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History

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Schoten castle

Early Middle Ages

The history and usage of the name Schoten may have come from the name given to the wooden dividing walls (schot in Dutch) that were driven in the ground to separate private property. The Christianization of the area dates from the end of the 7th century, under the influence of Abbot Ursmarus, of Lobbes Abbey, which owned property here.

In the 12th century, the territory was under the political authority of the lords of Breda, then of the lords of Bergen-op-Zoom. Religiously, it was administered by the Villers Abbey.

16th century until today

Already by the beginning of the 16th century, well-off burghers and merchants from neighboring Antwerp built castles in Schoten as secondary residences. The local community succeeded, however, in maintaining its rural Campine character until well into the 19th century. Industry first developed on the border with Merksem, later along the Albert Canal. Much of the rest of the town's territory was kept green and was again used by neighboring Antwerp residents for building extensive villas such as Koningshof and Schotenhof. Today about 30% of Schoten's territory still consists of forested areas, a great achievement given its location only 10 km (6 mi) away from the center of Antwerp.

Main sights

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’t Asbroek nature reservation in Schoten

Events and Sports

Politics

Municipal council

The municipal council, per the outcome of the 2018 local elections, is a coalition of NV-A (16 seats) and Open-VLD (1 seat), a total of 17 out of 31 seats. [2]

Council of Mayor and Aldermen

Since 2018, the Council of Mayor and Aldermen, the municipal executive board, consists of: [3]

Council of Mayor and Aldermen (2018-now)
Mayor Maarten De Veuster (N-VA)
Alderman
  1. Iefke Hendrickx (N-VA)
  2. Wouter Rombouts (N-VA)
  3. Charlotte Klima (N-VA)
  4. Paul Valkeniers (Open VLD)
  5. Paul De Swaef (N-VA)
  6. Walter Brat (N-VA)
  7. Veronique d’Exelle (N-VA)

Economy

Notable citizens

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

Schoten is twinned with:

See also

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