Houtkerque in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
|Intercommunality||Pays des Géants|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Francis Behaegel|
|• Land1||13.13 km2 (5.07 sq mi)|
|• Population2 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.
The arms of Houtkerque are blazoned :
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