Houtkerque

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Houtkerque
Houtkerke
Houtkerque in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Houtkerque in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Houtkerque is located in France
Houtkerque
Houtkerque
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
Government
 • 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.

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



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