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Flag of Meerhout
Coat of arms of Meerhout
Coat of arms
Meerhout is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°05′E / 51.133°N 5.083°E / 51.133; 5.083
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
 • Mayor André Van Genechten (CD)
 • Governing party/ies CD, VLD, Vlaams Belang
 • Total 36.29 km2 (14.01 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 10,162
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Postal codes 2450
Area codes 014

Meerhout (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːrɦʌu̯t]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Meerhout proper. As of January 1, 2008, Meerhout had a total population of 9,578. The total area is 36.29 km² which gives a population density of 264 inhabitants per km². In Meerhout some famous people have lived, like Kate Ryan (well known in France and Belgium, The UK, Turkey, Spain and the rest of western Europe).

Meerhout is a part of the Economic Network of the Albertkanaal (Albert Canal, named after King Albert 1).


As of 1 January 2008, there are 9578 people living in Meerhout. 50.4% of them are men, 49.6% are women. Most people are older than 40.

19th century
Year 1806 1816 1830 1846 1856 1866 1876 1880 1890
Population 2534 2845 3237 3633 3659 3664 3871 4043 4363
Note: results as of 31/12
20th century until reform
Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1947 1961 1970 1976
Population 4531 5362 5871 6197 7189 7945 8567 8521
Note: results as of 31/12
After reform
Year 1977 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008
Population 8521 8644 8790 9070 9190 9192 9317 9361 9463 9578
Note: results as of 01/01 - Source: National Institute of Statistics Belgium (NIS)


There is quite a lot of tourism in Meerhout. There are many beautiful routes, like the "drieprovincieënroute" (three provinces route), which is a cycling route going through the provinces of Antwerp, Vlaams Brabant and Limburg. There are also some B&Bs available, and most shopkeepers understand English. Meerhout is very popular among people from The Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. A lot of (older) English people visit Meerhout too because of "The Wing" and other memorial icons of WW2.


There are only 5 schools in Meerhout, these schools are both Pre- and Primary schools for children between the age of 3 and 12 years old.

There are secondary schools in the neighbourhood which are easily reachable by public transport or car/bicycle, in Geel, Mol, Diest and Tessenderlo.


A cyclo-cross competition is held in October.


Meerhout had its own radio station, "MeerGoud" (MeerHout=>Meergoud, Goud means "Gold"), but it ceased broadcasting in 2006.

Notable inhabitants[edit]

  • Kate Ryan (Female artist, won several awards, also well known in France, and getting more famous in other countries all over Europe)
  • Zjef Van Uytsel (Dutch singer, famous in the late 80's with his typical Dutch music)


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