Arrondissement of Maaseik

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Arrondissement of Maaseik

Arrondissement Maaseik
Location of the arrondissement in Limburg
Location of the arrondissement in Limburg
Coordinates: 51°09′N 5°30′E / 51.15°N 5.5°E / 51.15; 5.5Coordinates: 51°09′N 5°30′E / 51.15°N 5.5°E / 51.15; 5.5
Country Belgium
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Municipalities13
Area
 • Total884.43 km2 (341.48 sq mi)
Population
(1 January 2017)
 • Total239,842
 • Density270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The Arrondissement of Maaseik (Dutch: Arrondissement Maaseik; French: Arrondissement de Maaseik) is one of the three administrative arrondissements in the Province of Limburg, Belgium. It is not a judicial arrondissement. The municipalities of Bocholt, Bree, Kinrooi, Meeuwen-Gruitrode, Dilsen-Stokkem and Maaseik, are part of the Judicial Arrondissement of Tongeren, while the rest of its municipalities are part of the Judicial Arrondissement of Hasselt.

History[edit]

The arrondissement was created in 1839 to form the Belgian part of the former arrondissement of Roermond, which ceased to exist due to the splitting of Limburg. The canton of Peer was also moved from the arrondissement of Hasselt to the new arrondissement of Maaseik.

Per 1 January 2019, the municipalities of Overpelt and Neerpelt will merge into the new municipality of Pelt, and Meeuwen-Gruitrode and Opglabbeek (a municipality in the arrondissement of Hasselt) will merge into Oudsbergen.

Municipalities[edit]

The Administrative Arrondissement of Maaseik consists of the following municipalities: