Kinrooi

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Kinrooi
Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Kinrooi
Flag
Coat of arms of Kinrooi
Coat of arms
Kinrooi is located in Belgium
Kinrooi
Kinrooi
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°09′N 05°45′E / 51.150°N 5.750°E / 51.150; 5.750Coordinates: 51°09′N 05°45′E / 51.150°N 5.750°E / 51.150; 5.750
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Maaseik
Government
 • Mayor Hubert Brouns (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V
Area
 • Total 54.76 km2 (21.14 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 12,252
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Postal codes 3640
Area codes 089
Website www.kinrooi.be

Kinrooi is a village located in the Belgian province of Limburg, between Maaseik and Bree.

Municipality[edit]

Kinrooi is a municipality since September 18, 1971, when the four municipalities Kinrooi, Kessenich, Geistingen-Ophoven and Molenbeersel were fused. There have been three mayors. The current mayor is Jo Brouns. On January 1, 2006 Kinrooi had a total population of 11,977. The total area is 54.76 km² which gives a population density of 219 inhabitants per km².

History[edit]

Before, Kinrooi was a hamlet of the village of Kessenich. The flag reminds to that; the clarions stood on the shield of Kessenich. After the independence of Belgium in 1839 it became a little municipality, together with some near hamlets. In 2005 there are prehistoric remains found in the center, when it was being renovated.

Economy[edit]

Kinrooi, windmill

Kinrooi's main economic activities are agriculture, tourism and the reclamation of gravel, sand and loam. The downside of this reclamation is that a lot of land surface gets lost. Tourism is also an important resource. Kinrooi attracts a lot of tourists because it has seven nature reserves that harbor rare animal and plant species, it has a marina and because it has several old windmills. Besides, there is a lot of watersporting, in the old gravel pools. One of them, lying in Ophoven, is now the greatest inner harbour of Europe.

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