Nieuwerkerken

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Nieuwerkerken
Municipality of Belgium
Nieuwerkerken is located in Belgium
Nieuwerkerken
Nieuwerkerken
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°52′N 05°12′E / 50.867°N 5.200°E / 50.867; 5.200Coordinates: 50°52′N 05°12′E / 50.867°N 5.200°E / 50.867; 5.200
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Hasselt
Government
 • Mayor Benny Bamps (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, VLD
Area
 • Total 22.46 km2 (8.67 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 6,691
 • Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Postal codes 3850
Area codes 011
Website www.nieuwerkerken.be

Nieuwerkerken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. On January 1, 2006 Nieuwerkerken had a total population of 6,606. The total area is 22.46 km² which gives a population density of 294 inhabitants per km². It consists of 4 villages: Binderveld, Wijer, Kozen and Nieuwerkerken. The current mayor is Benny Bamps (CD&V - Christian Democrats).

Main monuments: St Peter's Church (1910) Castle (farm) of Nieuwerkerken (1648) Castle Schelfstad Heath (18th century) Heath Schelfstad Mining (18th century) [2] The village of Wijer was the location for the first series of the television show De Werf (VTM).

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