Bertem

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Bertem
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Bertem
Flag
Coat of arms of Bertem
Coat of arms
Bertem is located in Belgium
Bertem
Bertem
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°51′N 04°37′E / 50.850°N 4.617°E / 50.850; 4.617Coordinates: 50°51′N 04°37′E / 50.850°N 4.617°E / 50.850; 4.617
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Leuven
Government
 • Mayor Albert Mees (GB-VLD)
 • Governing party/ies GB-VLD, SP.A
Area
 • Total 29.75 km2 (11.49 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 9,638
 • Density 320/km2 (840/sq mi)
Postal codes 3060, 3061
Area codes 016 - 02
Website www.bertem.be

Bertem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛrt̪əm]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Bertem proper, Korbeek-Dijle and Leefdaal. On January 1, 2006 Bertem had a total population of 9,215. The total area is 29.75 km² which gives a population density of 310 inhabitants per km².

The area is noted for its rural landscape, in particular the Koeheide [1] and Bertembos ("Bertem Forest"). On the open plains of Leefdaal, it is possible to see the endangered European Hamster (Cricetus cricetus) (external link European Hamster). The village of Bertem itself is home to the Sint-Pieters-Bandenkerk, a romanesque church built between 950 and 1050.

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