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|Municipality of Belgium|
|• Mayor||Hugo Casaer (CD&V)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V/N-VA, SP.A/Groen!|
|• Total||30.01 km2 (11.59 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2012)|
|• Density||810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Postal codes||1650, 1651, 1652, 1653, 1654|
Beersel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːrs̪əl̪]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Alsemberg, Beersel proper, Dworp, Huizingen and Lot. On January 1, 2006 Beersel had a total population of 23,433. The total area is 30.01 km² which gives a population density of 781 inhabitants per km². It is close to Brussels; Beersel is approximately 12 km southwest of the center of the city.
Beersel is perhaps most famous for the "Kasteel van Beersel" or Beersel Castle, built between 1300 and 1310 by Jan II, the Duke of Brabant, as a defense for Brussels. Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474), the most famous European composer of the 15th century, was most likely born in Beersel.
Beersel is known for its 'boterham met plattekaas en radijzen' a slice of bread with white cheese and radishes, usually served with a geuze beer, and for its 'mandjeskaas' (literally 'basket cheese'), which is a white cheese stored in little baskets. Beersel also has two traditional, authentic geuze breweries, Oud Beersel and 3 Fonteinen.
- Eugène Prévinaire (1805-1877, Huizingen), second governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) from 1870 until 1877.
- Herman Teirlinck (1879-1967), writer
- Stéphane Demol (1966), current assistant manager of the Belgian national football squad.
- Morten Olsen (1949), current manager of the Danish national football squad.
- Karel Van Miert (1942-2009), former European Commissioner.
- Guillaume Dufay (1397? – 1474), Burgundian composer.
- Maarten Devillé (1986 - ), famous bass player.
- Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
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