Mol, Belgium

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Herenhuis 'Den Engel' Mol-Centrum.jpg
Flag of Mol
Coat of arms of Mol
Coat of arms
Mol is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°11′N 05°07′E / 51.183°N 5.117°E / 51.183; 5.117Coordinates: 51°11′N 05°07′E / 51.183°N 5.117°E / 51.183; 5.117
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Turnhout
 • Mayor Paul Rotthier (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, VLD
 • Total 114.26 km2 (44.12 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 36,034
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Postal codes 2400
Area codes 014, 011

Mol (Dutch pronunciation: [mɔl]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Mol. On January 1, 2014 Mol had a total population of 35,395 inhabitants. The total area is 114.19 km² which gives a population density of 307 inhabitants per km².[2][3][4]

Mol is a popular holiday resort, with a number of lakes surrounded by woods. There are two main tourist lakes:

  • Zilvermeer, which opened as a Provincial Park in 1959 and offers a white sand beach as well as facilities such as an outdoor playground and an underwater museum for divers.
  • Zilverstrand: Originally, it had only an outdoor lake with a white sand beach. Later, a caravan park was built and mid-1990s an indoor swimming pool was created.

Furthermore, there is a Sun Parks holiday centre called "Kempense Meren" with an indoor swimming pool.

The museum of Jakob Smits is located in the former vicarage of Mol-Sluis. This displays works of the artist Jakob Smits (1855-1928) and other painters of the Molse School, who were attracted to the area by its rustic views including several windmills (of which only one remains).

In the north-east corner of Mol, near the Dutch border, lies the Norbertine Postel Abbey. Mol is also home to the SCK•CEN Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, the Flemish institute for technological research (VITO) and a European School. The first industries in Mol were the Vieille Montagne company and the explosive factory N.V. La Forcite. In 1872 the Sablières et Carrières Réunies (SCR), now Sibelco, was founded in order to extract the silica sand layers in Mol for industrial applications. The company became the global market leader in this sector with production sites all over the world.

The 15 chapels[5] were built by Pater Helsen in 1815 with 14 co-workers of the region. It is a protected monument.

Municipality structure[edit]

The municipality of Mol is divided in different townships respectively named:

  • Mol-Centrum
  • Mol-Achterbos
  • Mol-Donk
  • Mol-Ezaart
  • Mol-Ginderbuiten
  • Mol-Gompel
  • Mol-Heidehuizen
  • Mol-Millegem
  • Mol-Postel
  • Mol-Rauw
  • Mol-Sluis
  • Mol-Wezel


European School, Mol is in the city.

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