Beek

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Beek
Baek
Municipality
Elsmuseum in Beek
Elsmuseum in Beek
Flag of Beek
Flag
Coat of arms of Beek
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Beek in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°56′N 5°48′E / 50.933°N 5.800°E / 50.933; 5.800Coordinates: 50°56′N 5°48′E / 50.933°N 5.800°E / 50.933; 5.800
Country Netherlands
Province Limburg
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Ralf Krewinkel (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 21.03 km2 (8.12 sq mi)
 • Land 21.03 km2 (8.12 sq mi)
 • Water 0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 81 m (266 ft)
Population (January 2014)[4]
 • Total 16,268
 • Density 774/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Demonym Bekenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6176, 6190–6199
Area code 046
Website www.gemeentebeek.nl
Topographic map of Beek, July 2013

Beek (About this sound pronunciation ) (Limburgish: Baek) is a town and municipality in the southeastern Netherlands, in the province of Limburg. As of 2012, Beek has a population of about 16,400, of which about 8,800 live in the town of Beek.

The municipality of Beek makes part of the region of South Limburg and lies between the city of Geleen in the north and Maastricht in the south, and lies furthermore southeast of interchange Kerensheide and the chemical industries of Chemelot. It has a slightly hilly landscape with altitudes differing between 70 and 120 metres (230 and 390 ft) above sea level, and has two small forests: Kelmonderbos between Beek and Kelmond, and Spaubekerbos near Spaubeek. The Keutelbeek flows through and has its source in the municipality of Beek.

Population centres[edit]

Settlements in the municipality of Beek (population within brackets on January 1, 2005).

Town:

  • Beek (8,770)

Villages:

Hamlets:

History[edit]

In 1982, Spaubeek merged with Beek and the municipality got his current size. In 2005, an archaeological site was found between Beek and Neerbeek, consisting of the remainings of a settlement from 5,000 BC. Because of this, Beek is considered the eldest village in the Netherlands.

Buildings[edit]

Noteworthy buildings:

Transportation[edit]

The municipality of Beek is surrounded by A2 motorway (Amsterdam-Belgian border) in the west and A76 motorway (Belgian border-German border) in the north.

The municipality has two railway stations:

Beek also contains an airport:

Economy[edit]

When KLM exel operated, its head office was on the grounds of Maastricht Aachen Airport in Beek.[5] When V Bird operated, its head office was on the grounds of the airport.[6]

Politics[edit]

The municipal council of Beek has 17 seats.

Municipal council seats
Party 2010
BBB-NDB[7] 7
CDA 4
Progressief Beek[8] 4
VVD 2
Total 17

The executive board (2010-2014) consists of four persons:

Mayor:

Aldermen:

  • Jan Bijen (Progressief Beek)
  • Thijs van Es (BBB-NDB)
  • Maurice Wierikx (BBB-NDB)

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Samenstelling en taakverdeling college van B&W" [Members and tasks of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Beek. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6191KA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 94.
  6. ^ "Contact." V Bird. 24 June 2004. Retrieved on 18 July 2010.
  7. ^ Burger Belangen Beek - Nieuwe Democraten Beek (BBB-NDB) is a local party.
  8. ^ Literally translated: Progressive Beek, a cooperation of PvdA, GreenLeft, and D66.
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