Bocholt is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2006, Bocholt had a total population of 12,355; the total area is 59.34 km² which gives a population density of 208 inhabitants per km². Besides the historical Bocholt centre it includes the parishes of Kaulille and Lozen; the Priory of Our Lady of Klaarland of the Trappistins is located in Bocholt. Martens brewery, established in 1758, has the second highest production capacity in Belgium at 360 million litres per year. Media related to Bocholt, Belgium at Wikimedia Commons Official website - Available only in Dutch
Beringen is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg The Beringen municipality includes the town of Beringen proper and the old communes of Beverlo and Paal. Beringen was inhabited in Celtic times, as proven by the 1995 archeological finds of gold coins and artifacts on its territory; these date from around 90 are the most northerly late-Iron-Age gold objects found in Europe. Other finds, including of Roman coins, indicate a early establishment; the first mention of Beringen dates to 1120 when it was known as'Beringe', a word derived from the Germanic Beringum, which meant'with the people of Bero'. During Carolingian times, the land of Beringen had been donated to the abbey of Corbie in France. For most of the medieval period, it was part of the County of Loon, from which it received its city charter in 1239; the city was protected by impressive moats and gated walls. The county of Loon as a whole was annexed to the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1366. Beringen became one of the bishopric's 23 bonnes villes and shared its history until its dissolution in 1795.
Under André Dumont’s guidance, the first coal-bearing drill cores were obtained in Campine in 1901, leading to several coalmines being established in the region. The first production in Koersel dates from 1919; the golden age of coal production started right after World War II and lasted until the late 1950s, when cheaper energy sources were made available elsewhere. The last coal mine in Beringen closed its doors on October 28, 1989; the remaining slag heaps and mining buildings are still obvious around the city. The Beringen Mine Museum and spoil tip is one of Beringen’s main attractions and retraces the industrial history of the region, it is a former Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The St. Peter in Chains Church, with its elegant spire and rich Baroque interior. With its good network of biking trails, Beringen is one of the best places in Campine for bikers. Yearly Kermesses take place both in Koersel. At the beginning of August, Paal organizes a whole-day musical event: "Paal op Stelten" The two-day-long "Koersel Terrast" takes place in late spring: music and fireworks are enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Lodewijk Heyligen, Benedictine monk and music theorist Henricus Calenus, clergyman who played a role in the history of Jansenism. Jo Vandeurzen, politician Ingrid Berghmans, judoka Mauro Pawlowski, musician Official website - Available only in Dutch
Kinrooi is a municipality in the Belgian province of Limburg, between Maaseik and Bree. On January 1, 2006, Kinrooi had a total population of 11,977; the total area is 54.76 km², which gives a population density of 219 inhabitants per km². Kinrooi was formed on September 18, 1971, when the four municipalities Kinrooi, Geistingen-Ophoven and Molenbeersel were fused. There have been three mayors; the current mayor is Jo Brouns. Before, Kinrooi was a hamlet of the village of Kessenich; the flag reminds to that. After the independence of Belgium in 1839 it became a little municipality, together with some nearby hamlets. In 2005 there are prehistoric remains found in the center. Kinrooi's main economic activities are agriculture and the reclamation of gravel and loam; the downside of this reclamation is. Tourism is an important resource. Kinrooi attracts a lot of tourists because it has seven nature reserves that harbor rare animal and plant species, it has a marina and because it has several old windmills.
Besides, there is a lot of watersporting, in the old gravel pools. One of them, lying in Ophoven, is now the greatest inner harbour of Europe; the Lemmensmolen,a mill dating from 1856 Sint-Martinuskerk, a neogotical church built in 1853 Media related to Kinrooi at Wikimedia Commons Official website
A municipality is a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns and hamlets; the term municipality may mean the governing or ruling body of a given municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district; the term is derived from French Latin municipalis. The English word municipality derives from the Latin social contract municipium, referring to the Latin communities that supplied Rome with troops in exchange for their own incorporation into the Roman state while permitting the communities to retain their own local governments. A municipality can be any political jurisdiction from a sovereign state, such as the Principality of Monaco, to a small village, such as West Hampton Dunes, New York.
The territory over which a municipality has jurisdiction may encompass only one populated place such as a city, town, or village several of such places only parts of such places, sometimes boroughs of a city such as the 34 municipalities of Santiago, Chile. Powers of municipalities range from virtual autonomy to complete subordination to the state. Municipalities may have the right to tax individuals and corporations with income tax, property tax, corporate income tax, but may receive substantial funding from the state. In various countries, municipalities are referred to as "communes", notably in Romance languages such as French commune, Italian comune, Romanian comună, Spanish comuna, in Germanic languages such as German Kommune, Swedish kommun, Faroese kommuna, Norwegian, Danish kommune. However, in Moldova and Romania exist both municipalities and communes, a commune may be part of a municipality. Similar terms include Spanish ayuntamiento called municipalidad, Polish gmina, Dutch/Flemish Gemeente and Luxembourgish Gemeng.
In Australia, the term local government area is used in place of the generic municipality. Here, the "LGA Structure covers only incorporated areas of Australia. Incorporated areas are designated parts of states and territories over which incorporated local governing bodies have responsibility." In Canada, municipalities are local governments established through provincial and territorial legislation within general municipal statutes. Types of municipalities within Canada include cities, district municipalities, municipal districts, parishes, rural municipalities, townships and villes among others; the Province of Ontario has different tiers of municipalities, including lower and single tiers. Types of upper tier municipalities in Ontario include regional municipalities. Nova Scotia has regional municipalities, which include cities, districts, or towns as municipal units. In India, a Municipality or Nagar Palika is an urban local body that administers a city of population 100,000 or more. However, there are exceptions to that, as Municipality were constituted in urban centers with population over 20,000, so all the urban bodies which were classified as Municipality were reclassified as Municipality if their population was under 100,000.
Under the Panchayati Raj system, it interacts directly with the state government, though it is administratively part of the district it is located in. Smaller district cities and bigger towns have a Municipality. Municipality are a form of local self-government entrusted with some duties and responsibilities, as enshrined in the Constitutional Act,1992. In the United Kingdom, the term was used until the 1972 Local Government Act came into effect in 1974 in England and Wales, until 1975 in Scotland and 1976 in Northern Ireland, "both for a city or town, organized for self-government under a municipal corporation, for the governing body itself; such a corporation in Great Britain consists of a head as a mayor or provost, of superior members, as aldermen and councillors". Since local government reorganisation, the unit in England, Northern Ireland and Wales is known as a district, in Scotland as a council area. A district can retain its district title. In Jersey, a municipality refers to the honorary officials elected to run each of the 12 parishes into which it is subdivided.
This is the highest level of regional government in this jurisdiction. In Trinidad and Tobago, "municipality" is understood as a city, town, or other local government unit, formed by municipal charter from the state as a municipal corporation. A town may be awarded borough status and on may be upgraded to city status. Chaguanas, San Fernando, Port of Spain and Point Fortin are the 5 current municipalities in Trinidad and Tobago. In the United States, "municipality" is understood as a city, village, or other local government unit, formed by municipal charter from the state as a municipal corporation. In a state law contex
Hamont-Achel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. It was founded in 1977 by a fusion of the village Achel. On January 1, 2006, Hamont-Achel had a total population of 13,770; the total area is 43.66 km² which gives a population density of 315 inhabitants per km². The municipality houses the Trappist Abbey of Achel, part of, Brouwerij de Achelse Kluis, one of the 11 Trappist breweries; the professional tennis player Elise Mertens lives in Hamont-Achel. Dutch in Hamont-Achel is spoken with a distinctive Limburgish accent, which should not be confused with the Limburgish language. Limburgish is the overlapping term of the tonal dialects spoken in the Belgian and Dutch provinces of Limburg; the Hamont dialect is only one of many variants of Limburgish, is spoken only in Hamont, not Achel, where another Limburgish dialect called Achels is spoken. On 18 November 1918, the municipality was the site of one of the worst train explosions in history, when two German munitions trains caught fire and exploded.
Not only were the trains destroyed, but three German ambulance trains were wiped out, along with most of the town. More than 1,000 individuals were killed. Media related to Hamont-Achel at Wikimedia Commons Website about Hamont-Achel The Pessimist's Guide to History sporza.be report on Jelle Vanendert's return home after the 2011 Tour de France
Herk-de-Stad is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On 1 January 2006, Herk-de-Stad had a total population of 11,795; the total area is 42.83 km² which gives a population density of 275 inhabitants per km². Besides the village of Herk-de-Stad itself, the municipality contains the communities of Berbroek and Donk. Donk contains two country houses, both of the eighteenth-century, Kasteel Hamont and Kasteel Landwijk, which stands on the site of a castle established in the 12th century. There is an annual rock festival in Rock Herk. There is a balanced mix of techno, drum'n bass, alternative rock, post-rock, punk-rock, hardcore punk, stoner, rock'n roll, related genres. Bands that played in the past include Stretch Arm Strong, Explosions in the Sky, New Wet Kojak, Add N to, Thin White Rope, Spiritualized, Cosmic Psychos and Godflesh. Virginie Claes, Miss Belgium 2006 Annemie Coenen, the singer of former Ian Van Dahl now known as AnnaGrace Godefroy Wendelin, astronomer Media related to Herk-de-Stad at Wikimedia Commons Official website - only available in Dutch Rock Herk official site Herk-de-Stad.info Independent informal website - only available in Dutch
Genk is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. The municipality only comprises the city of Genk itself, it is one of the most important industrial cities in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège. 54% of the inhabitants are of foreign origin from about 85 different nationalities Italians and Greeks. Genk originated as a Celtic village, was converted to Christianity in the 10th century; the remains of a little wooden church dating from that period were found in the area. The first mention of Genk as Geneche can be found in a document dating from 1108, ceding the territory to the Abbey of Rolduc. Politically, Genk belonged to the County of Loon until it was annexed by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1365. During a century of on-going industrialisation further south in Belgium, Limburg modernised only slowly: Genk remained unimportant and small, growing to a population of 2,000 around 1900; the peaceful village was the home of landscape writers such as Neel Doff.
In 1901, André Dumont found a large quantity of coal in the nearby village of As. Soon after, the "Black Gold" was found in Genk. After World War I, the village started to attract a large quantity of both Belgian and foreign immigrants, became the biggest city in Limburg after Hasselt, peaking to a population of 70 000. However, in 1966 the coal mine of Zwartberg closed down, Genk had to develop new industries along the Albert Canal and highways. By the end of the 1980s, the two remaining coal mines at Winterslag and Waterschei were closed. In 2000, Genk became a city. Genk was voted the friendliest city in Europe by the SEA Tourist Commission. Genk is the industrial centre of the province of Limburg and offers over 45,000 jobs, making it economically the third most significant city in Flanders. In 1900, Genk was a quiet village with around 2,000 residents. At that time, Genk was known for its beautiful nature, popular among artists and painters who used Genk as a setting for their pieces. In 1901, coal was discovered in Genk and three mining sites were developed: Zwartberg and Winterslag.
As a result, the population grew exponentially: today Genk has about 65,000 inhabitants with 107 different ethnic backgrounds. The mines had some good years, but in 1966 the Zwartberg mine closed, followed by Winterslag in 1986 and Waterschei in 1987; the Genk Body & Assembly factory of Ford Motor Company was the largest and most important employer in Genk until employing some 5,000 people and building the Mondeo sedan and hatchback, the Galaxy MPV/minivan, the S-MAX sub-MPV. The factory closed in 2014; the city went looking for new opportunities for the enormous mine sites on its territory, including the Winterslag site. In 2000, the idea began to grow to accommodate a creative hub in the buildings of the old coal mine of Winterslag. In 2001, the city of Genk bought the site from LRM and the name "C-mine" was born in 2005; as regards content, the creative hub works on four cornerstones: education, creative economy, creative recreation and artistic creation and presentation. With a university college specialised in various artistic graduation subjects, an incubator for young entrepreneurs, a cultural centre, a design centre, a cinema, C-mine expedition, etc. the C-mine mission has succeeded.
It has created 330 jobs in 42 companies and organisations, including around 200 jobs in the creative sector in 33 creative companies. Each day, C-mine produces: games, websites, sets for television, light shows, design items, stage productions, etc. C-mine is a site of creative makers in each of the four segments. Companies in C-Mine: Pingvalue.com: Pingvalue is a vibrant social community of local members all over the world that share what they love most about their neighborhood. E-nventors Lab / C-mine crib: E-nventors Lab is the research & development department of E-nvention that examines the latest technologies; the biggest tourist attraction of Genk is Bokrijk, an open-air museum consisting of authentic relocated buildings from all over Flanders. In the summer season, historical Flanders comes alive in Bokrijk through numerous actors and re-enactment events. Genk was established as one of the entrance "gateways" of the Hoge Kempen National Park, the first National Park in Flanders, at its opening in 2006.
Noteworthy are the old coalmines of Zwartberg and Winterslag, surrounded by slag heaps, huge black mountains of dug up soil and coal remnants. Some of the mine buildings and housing can be visited. Despite its industrial past and present, Genk is nicknamed'De Groene Stad', it sports a nature reserve called "De Maten", the large recreational area Kattevennen and several other green areas. In sunny weather, you may want to pay a visit to the Sundial Park; the history of the landscape painters who visited Genk between 1840 and 1940 can be discovered in the Museum Emile Van Doren. The Europlanetarium Genk has a observatory. Genk was home of Motives Festival, an annual event taking place in November and celebrating "new sounds of jazz." Recent performers have included the fiery piano jazz of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, funky saxman Joshua Redman, futuristic electronics wizard Leafcutter John. Another musical event, Genk on Stage, takes place during three days in the summer; this festival is celebrated no more.
Genk is rich in tradition, with a colourful carnival taking place around Ash Wednesday, the May celebrations featuring the May Que