Stekene

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Stekene
Municipality of Belgium
StekeneGemeentehuis.JPG
Coat of arms of Stekene
Coat of arms
Stekene is located in Belgium
Stekene
Stekene
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°12′N 04°02′E / 51.200°N 4.033°E / 51.200; 4.033Coordinates: 51°12′N 04°02′E / 51.200°N 4.033°E / 51.200; 4.033
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Sint-Niklaas
Government
 • Mayor Stany De Rechter (GE.BE)
 • Governing party/ies GE.BE, CD&V
Area
 • Total 44.80 km2 (17.30 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 17,487
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Postal codes 9190
Area codes 03
Website www.stekene.be
Stekene, church: de Heilige Kruiskerk

Stekene (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈs̪t̪eːkən̪ə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. Since 1976 the municipality has comprised the towns of Kemzeke, Klein-Sinaai and Stekene proper. It also includes the villages of Hellestraat and Koewacht. On July 1, 2007 Stekene had a total population of 17,040. The total area is 44.80 km² which gives a population density of 376 inhabitants per km².

Stekene profiles itself as an oasis of green within industrialized Flanders as a large part of its area consists of forests and agricultural lands. The highway E34 from Antwerp to the coast passes through the municipality and also has its own access to it. Another part of the community is the N403 which connects to Sint-Niklaas.

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The municipality of Stekene (17,040 inhabitants on 1 July 2007; 448 ha) is located in the region of Waasland, on the border with the Netherlands, 10 km north-west of Sint-Niklaas and 20 km west of Antwerp. Stekene borders Sint-Gillis-Waas in the East, Sint-Niklaas to the South, Moerbeke to the West and the Dutch town of Hulst to the North.

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