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Arkel is a former municipality. In 1986 it became part of Giessenlanden.
In 2001, the village of Arkel had 2752 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 0.42 km², and contained 1125 residences. The statistical area "Arkel", which also includes the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 3220.
Though there are little places of cultural interest in Arkel, there is a 19th-century domed church and a 19th-century windmill.
Arkel is served by Arkel railway station. It is located north of the town.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Arkel". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005. As of 1 January 2005.
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