Bekkevoort

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Bekkevoort
Municipality
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Flag of Bekkevoort
Flag
Coat of arms of Bekkevoort
Coat of arms
Bekkevoort is located in Belgium
Bekkevoort
Bekkevoort
Location in Belgium
Location of Bekkevoort in Flemish Brabant
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Coordinates: 50°57′N 04°58′E / 50.950°N 4.967°E / 50.950; 4.967Coordinates: 50°57′N 04°58′E / 50.950°N 4.967°E / 50.950; 4.967
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Leuven
Government
 • Mayor Hans Vandenberg (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, sp.a
Area
 • Total 37.17 km2 (14.35 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 6,134
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Postal codes 3460, 3461
Area codes 013, 016
Website www.bekkevoort.be

Bekkevoort (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɛkəvoːrt]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Assent, Bekkevoort proper and Molenbeek-Wersbeek. On January 1, 2006, Bekkevoort had a total population of 5,826. The total area is 37.17 km² which gives a population density of 157 inhabitants per km².

It gains its name from the germanic name "Baco" and the word "voorde" (which means a place of ferriage, where one can easily cross a stream via a place where the waters are lower), thus roughly meaning "Baco's wade". This ferriage formed the historical center of the town and is nowadays known as the road Steenberg, from Bekkevoort to Zichem and Scherpenheuvel.

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