Meerssen

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Meerssen
Municipality
Geulle Castle
Geulle Castle
Flag of Meerssen
Flag
Coat of arms of Meerssen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Meerssen in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°53′N 5°45′E / 50.883°N 5.750°E / 50.883; 5.750Coordinates: 50°53′N 5°45′E / 50.883°N 5.750°E / 50.883; 5.750
Country Netherlands
Province Limburg
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Hans Schmidt (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 27.64 km2 (10.67 sq mi)
 • Land 27.14 km2 (10.48 sq mi)
 • Water 0.50 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 57 m (187 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 19,170
 • Density 706/km2 (1,830/sq mi)
Demonym Meerssenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6230–6243
Area code 043
Website www.meerssen.nl

Meerssen (About this sound pronunciation ) (Limburgish: Meersje) is a place and a municipality in southeastern Netherlands.

History[edit]

The Treaty of Meerssen was signed in Meerssen in 870. The Treaty of Meerssen was an agreement of the division of the Carolingian Empire by the surviving sons of Louis I, Charles II of the West Franks and Louis the German of East Franks.

Around the middle of the 10th century the allodium Meerssen was the property of queen Gerberga, the daughter of king Henry I. She was the spouse of Louis IV of France. In 968 she donated all her property to the abbey of Saint Remigius in Reims.

Population centres[edit]

Dutch Topographic map of Meerssen, July 2013

Transportation[edit]

Railway station: Meerssen

International relations[edit]

Twin towns - Sister cities[edit]

Meerssen is a founding member of the Douzelage, a town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[5][6] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

Spain Altea, Spain - 1991
Germany Bad Kötzting, Germany - 1991
Italy Bellagio, Italy - 1991
Republic of Ireland Bundoran, Ireland - 1991
France Granville, France - 1991
Denmark Holstebro, Denmark - 1991
Belgium Houffalize, Belgium - 1991
Netherlands Meerssen, the Netherlands - 1991
Luxembourg Niederanven, Luxembourg - 1991
Greece Preveza, Greece - 1991
Portugal Sesimbra, Portugal - 1991
United Kingdom Sherborne, United Kingdom - 1991
Finland Karkkila, Finland - 1997
Sweden Oxelösund, Sweden - 1998
Austria Judenburg, Austria - 1999
Poland Chojna, Poland - 2004
Hungary Kőszeg, Hungary - 2004
Latvia Sigulda, Latvia - 2004
Czech Republic Sušice, Czech Republic - 2004
Estonia Türi, Estonia - 2004
Slovakia Zvolen, Slovakia - 2007
Lithuania Prienai, Lithuania - 2008
Malta Marsaskala, Malta - 2009
Romania Siret, Romania - 2010

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Meerssen. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6231LE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Douzelage.org: Home". www.douzelage.org. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Douzelage.org: Member Towns". www.douzelage.org. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

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