Amel

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Amel
Municipality of Belgium
Coat of arms of Amel
Coat of arms
Amel is located in Belgium
Amel
Amel
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°21′N 06°10′E / 50.350°N 6.167°E / 50.350; 6.167Coordinates: 50°21′N 06°10′E / 50.350°N 6.167°E / 50.350; 6.167
Country Belgium
Community German-speaking Community
Region Wallonia
Province Liège
Arrondissement Verviers
Government
 • Mayor Klaus Schumacher (GI)
 • Governing party/ies GI
Area
 • Total 125.15 km2 (48.32 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 5,459
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Postal codes 4770-4771
Area codes 080
Website www.amel.be

Amel (French: Amblève) is a Belgian municipality in the Walloon province of Liège, and is part of the German-speaking Community of Belgium (German: Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Belgiens).

On January 1, 2013 the municipality of Amel had a total population of 5,466. The total area is 125.15 km² which gives a population density of 44 inhabitants per km². There are eighteen villages in Amel: Amel (village),[2] Born, Deidenberg, Eibertingen, Halenfeld, Heppenbach, Hepscheid, Herresbach,[3] Iveldingen, Medell, Meyerode, Mirfeld, Möderscheid, Montenau, Schoppen, Stephanshof, Valender and Wereth.

The name Amel is of Celtic origin and means water. The river Amblève (German: Amel) flows through the municipality.

Amel is the birthplace of Karl-Heinz Lambertz, current leader (Minister-President) of the community executive of the German-speaking community of Belgium.

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In 716, the Battle of Amblève, between Charles Martel with the Austrasians on one side and the joined forces of the Frisians and Neustrians under Ragenfrid and Chilperic II on the other side, was the first victory for Charles Martel.

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