|Municipality of Belgium|
|• Mayor||Francesco Vanderjeugd |
|• Governing party/ies||NVA, Open VLD and SP.A|
|• Total||46.24 km2 (17.85 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||240/km2 (610/sq mi)|
Staden is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Oostnieuwkerke, Staden proper and Westrozebeke. On January 1, 2006 Staden had a total population of 10,969. The total area is 46.24 km² which gives a population density of 237 inhabitants per km². The municipality of Staden is one of the most important areas of Europe for the production of frozen vegetables (cauliflowers, Brussels Sprouts, etc.). Some of the largest frozen vegetables production companies like Horafrost, Pinguin (which is noted on Euronext Brussels) and Westfro are based in Staden.
Staden is also well known for the highly specialised manufacture of agricultural and horticultural equipment from manufacturers like Lauwers and Perdu.
Staden is a very productive agricultural and horticultural area. Thanks to continuous improvement of techniques, agriculturists and horticulturists in Staden produce a large range of vegetables, flowers, and animals for the local and export markets, shipping to France, Germany, Europe in general, Asia and other overseas locales.
Staden is well known for chrysanthemum flower production, with multiple producers located near Schiervelde.
Staden also produces large quantities of very high quality pork. One of Belgium's largest meat processing company (Westvlees) is located in the town of Westrozebeke, part of the Staden municipality. Staden has another smaller meat processing company named Lavameat. Three large companies (Voeders Degrave, Voeders Decadt and Voeders Dick) produce food for the pig breeding business.
The Mol company has headquarters in Oostnieuwkerke, part of Staden. The company is the last and only producer of waste handling trucks in Belgium. The company is also a large producer of trailers, specialty trucks and handling trucks.
Staden has many companies of all sizes involved in construction, logistics, recycling, banking, and retail.
Staden has few cultural highlights, but offers a nice, open environment for both living and working. It is a very busy municipality, one of the primary reasons there is a high need for employees. Nowadays several hundred French and East-European workers make up large segments of the workforce, with expectations that this amount will continue to grow in the future. Staden has the lowest unemployment of Belgium.