Hoeselt

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Hoeselt
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Hoeselt
Flag
Coat of arms of Hoeselt
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Hoeselt is located in Belgium
Hoeselt
Hoeselt
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°51′N 05°29′E / 50.850°N 5.483°E / 50.850; 5.483Coordinates: 50°51′N 05°29′E / 50.850°N 5.483°E / 50.850; 5.483
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Tongeren
Government
 • Mayor Annette Stulens (Nieuw)
 • Governing party/ies Nieuw, VLD-Vivant, CD&V
Area
 • Total 30.02 km2 (11.59 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 9,588
 • Density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Postal codes 3730
Area codes 089
Website www.hoeselt.be

Hoeselt is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2006, Hoeselt had a total population of 9,265. The total area is 30.02 km² which gives a population density of 309 inhabitants per km².

While situated close to the "Roman" Tongeren, a lot of traces from the Roman empire were found in the fertile soil of Hoeselt. In 1066 this village came under the surveillance of Hoei; it was in that time still named Housle (Hus+Lo: house by the forest). These forests of Hoeselt were cultivated in the 12th and 13th century.

Later on, Hoeselt was part of the Frankish Kingdom; and then its territory fell under the Bishop of Liège.

The old centre of Hoeselt, with its triangular shape, and the "motheuvel", both show the influence of its Frankish past.

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