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Houtkerque in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Houtkerque in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Houtkerque is located in France
Coordinates: 50°52′12″N 2°35′46″E / 50.87°N 2.596°E / 50.87; 2.596Coordinates: 50°52′12″N 2°35′46″E / 50.87°N 2.596°E / 50.87; 2.596
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkirk
Canton Steenvoorde
Intercommunality Pays des Géants
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Francis Behaegel
Area1 13.13 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 774
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59318 / 59470
Elevation 2–22 m (6.6–72.2 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Houtkerque (from Dutch: Houtkerke) is a communes in the Nord department in northern France. It is located near the Belgian border, 8 km (5.0 mi) north of Steenvoorde, on the Steenvoorde/Hondschoote road. The Yser River crosses the border at Houtkerque.

Houtkerque saw much action during World War I. Seven Commonwealth war graves are situated within Houtkerque's church.


Arms of Houtkerque
The arms of Houtkerque are blazoned :
Or, 3 horns sable.

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