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Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Meerhout
Coat of arms of Meerhout
Coat of arms
Meerhout is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
 • Mayor André Van Genechten (CD)
 • Governing party/ies CD, VLD, Vlaams Belang
 • Total 36.29 km2 (14.01 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 9,913
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Postal codes 2450
Area codes 014

Meerhout (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːrɦʌu̯t]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Meerhout proper. As of January 1, 2008 Meerhout had a total population of 9,578. The total area is 36.29 km² which gives a population density of 264 inhabitants per km². In Meerhout some famous people have lived, like Kate Ryan (well known in France and Belgium, The UK, Turkey, Spain and the rest of western Europe).


As of 1 January 2008, there are 9578 people living in Meerhout. 50.4% of them are men, 49.6% are women. Most people are older than 40.


There are only 5 schools in Meerhout, these schools are both Pre- and Primary schools for children between the age of 3 and 12 years old.

There are secondary schools in the neighbourhood which are easily reachable by public transport or car/bicycle, in Geel, Mol, Diest and Tessenderlo.


There is quite a lot of tourism in Meerhout. There are many beautiful routes, like the "drieprovincieënroute" (three provinces route), which is a cycling route going through the provinces of Antwerp, Vlaams Brabant and Limburg. There are also some B&Bs available, and most shopkeepers understand English. Meerhout is very popular among people from The Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. A lot of (older) English people visit Meerhout too because of "The Wing" and other memorial icons of WW2.


A cyclo-cross competition is held in October.

Evolution of the population[edit]

19th century[edit]

Year 1806 1816 1830 1846 1856 1866 1876 1880 1890
Population 2534 2845 3237 3633 3659 3664 3871 4043 4363
Note: results as of 31/12

20th century until reform[edit]

Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1947 1961 1970 1976
Population 4531 5362 5871 6197 7189 7945 8567 8521
Note: results as of 31/12

After reform[edit]

Year 1977 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Population 8521 8644 8790 9070 9190 9192 9317 9361 9463 9578
Note: results as of 01/01 - Source: National Institute of Statistics Belgium (NIS)

Notable inhabitants[edit]

  • Kate Ryan (Female artist, won several awards, also well known in France, and getting more famous in other countries all over Europe)
  • Zjef Van Uytsel (Dutch singer, famous in the late 80's with his typical, Dutch music)


  • Kate Ryan lived in Meerhout
  • Meerhout is a part of the Economic Network of the Albertkanaal (Albert Channel, named after King Albert 1)
  • Zjef Van Uytsel had a famous quote: "Meerhout is een dorp als (g)een ander", which means "Meerhout is a village like (no) others."
  • Meerhout has won the price of having the most beautiful center of the province of Antwerp. Listeners of the national radio station Radio 2 could vote.
  • Meerhout had its own radio station, "MeerGoud" (MeerHout=>Meergoud, Goud means "Gold"), but they stopped broadcasting in 2006.


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