Hoboken, Antwerp

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Hoboken
District of Antwerp
Sorghvliedt Castle or Kasteel Sorghvliedt
Sorghvliedt Castle (Kasteel Sorghvliedt)
Coat of arms of Hoboken
Coat of arms
DistrictHobokenLocation.png
Coordinates: 51°17′0″N 4°21′0″E / 51.28333°N 4.35000°E / 51.28333; 4.35000Coordinates: 51°17′0″N 4°21′0″E / 51.28333°N 4.35000°E / 51.28333; 4.35000
Country Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Province  Antwerp
Municipality Antwerp
Area
 • Total 10.67 km2 (4.12 sq mi)
Highest elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 34 443
 • Density 3,228/km2 (8,360/sq mi)
  Source: NIS
Postal code 2660
Area code 03

Hoboken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦo.bo.kə(n)]) is a southern district of the arrondissement and city of Antwerp, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located at the Scheldt river.

Name[edit]

The name Hoboken is derived from Middle Dutch Hooghe Buechen or Hoge Beuken, meaning High or Tall Beeches. To this day there is a hospital in Hoboken named "Hoge Beuken".[1]

A local children's story says that the name "Hoboken" is derived from a little boy who accidentally dropped his sandwich in the Schelde river, which flows near Hoboken. In the local dialect of Dutch, a "boke" is a sandwich and "ho" is a way of shouting "stop", so he must have shouted "Ho, boken!!!".[citation needed]

History[edit]

Hoboken boasts an annual 5K beer server race. The tradition started, according to legend, in 1777, with the proclamation of the United States of Belgium (Dutch: Verenigde Nederlandse Staten or Verenigde Belgische Staten, French: États-Belgiques-Unis). The race is held annually on the first Sunday of November and is often amalgamated by the All Saints Day celebration.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Onze ziekenhuizen" (in Dutch). Zna.be. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 

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