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Aerial view of Herstappe
Aerial view of Herstappe
Flag of Herstappe
Coat of arms of Herstappe
Coat of arms
Herstappe is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°44′N 05°26′E / 50.733°N 5.433°E / 50.733; 5.433Coordinates: 50°44′N 05°26′E / 50.733°N 5.433°E / 50.733; 5.433
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Tongeren
 • Mayor Claudy Prosmans
 • Total 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 89
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Postal codes 3717
Area codes 012

Herstappe is a Flemish municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2008, Herstappe had a total population of 84. The total area is 1.35 km² which gives a population density of 61 inhabitants per km². It is the least populous municipality in Belgium, and the third smallest in area.

Herstappe is a municipality with linguistic facilities for French speakers, which has so far prevented a merger with neighbouring Tongeren from taking place.


For the Belgian local elections, 2012, Herstappe was the only Belgian municipality where elections were not held as there was only one candidate list. Previously, this had already happened between 1958 and 1994.[2][3]


The former mayor (mayor from 1994 to 2014), Serge Louwet, was the lowest paid Belgian mayor in 2012 with 675 € for his monthly wages. Actually, his official salary is 1,400 € but he considered it too high and kept only 675, the rest being given back to the municipal treasurer.[4]

In 2014, mayor Louwet resigned in favour of Claudy Prosmans. The first action of the new mayor was to guide Herstappe into the digital era. He wanted to buy a computer for the town hall, complete with internet connection. Next to the computer, they were also looking into the creation of a website.[5]



  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ BELGA (2012-09-17). "Herstappe, seule commune belge qui ne votera pas lors des communales". La Libre.be. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  3. ^ "De enige burgemeester die dit weekend goed zal slapen - De Standaard". Standaard.be. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  4. ^ Auteur: (2012-09-27). "De armste: Serge Louwet (Herstappe) - Het Nieuwsblad". Nieuwsblad.be. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Herstappe gaat digitaal - HLN". HLN. 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Herstappe at Wikimedia Commons