Aartselaar

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Aartselaar
Municipality of Belgium
Aartselaar - town hall.
Aartselaar - town hall.
Flag of Aartselaar
Flag
Coat of arms of Aartselaar
Coat of arms
Aartselaar is located in Belgium
Aartselaar
Aartselaar
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383Coordinates: 51°08′N 04°23′E / 51.133°N 4.383°E / 51.133; 4.383
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
Government
 • Mayor Sophie De Wit (NVA)
 • Governing party/ies [NVA]]-SPA-GROEN
Area
 • Total 10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 14,281
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 2630
Area codes 03
Website www.aartselaar.be

Aartselaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrtsəlaːr], old spelling: Aertselaer) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Aartselaar proper. On January 1, 2006 Aartselaar had a total population of 14,375. The total area is 10.93 km² which gives a population density of 1,316 inhabitants per km². The municipality of Aartselaar is located in the southern outskirts of Antwerp. It is known for its 1801 windmill (Heimolen) as well as the cycling race called Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

Name origins

The origin of the name of the town is obscure; the most probable etymology refers to "Arcelar", a clearing in the woods (laar) located near a border (archas).

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