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)  The village of Wijer was the location for the first series of the television show De Werf (VTM).