Pekela

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Pekela
Municipality
Flag of Pekela
Flag
Coat of arms of Pekela
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Pekela in a municipal map of Groningen
Location of Pekela (green) in the province of Groningen (dark grey) in the Netherlands (light grey)
Coordinates: 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000Coordinates: 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000
Country Netherlands
Province Groningen
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Meindert Schollema (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi)
 • Land 49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi)
 • Water 1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (February 2017)[4]
 • Total 12,709
 • Density 259/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 9662–9669
Area code 0597
Website www.pekela.nl

Pekela (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːkəlaː]) is a municipality in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. It was created in 1990 when Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged.

History[edit]

The municipality of Pekela was created when the municipalities of Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged in 1990.

Geography[edit]

Map of the municipality of Pekela, June 2015

Pekela is located at 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000 in the southeast of the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is bordered by the municipalities of Oldambt (in the north), Bellingwedde (east), Stadskanaal (south), Veendam (west), and Menterwolde (northwest).

The river Pekel Aa crosses the municipality from north to south. The main population centres in the municipality are the villages of Boven Pekela (Upper Pekela), Nieuwe Pekela (New Pekela), and Oude Pekela (Old Pekela). Part of the village of Alteveer and the hamlets of Bronsveen and Hoetmansmeer are also in the municipality.

The municipality has a total area of 50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi), of which 49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi) is land and 1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi) is water.[2]

Governance[edit]

The mayor (burgemeester) of Pekela is Meindert Schollema of the Labour Party.[1] The municipal council of Pekela consists of 15 seats, which are divided as follows:

Municipality seats
Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
PvdA 6 6 7 3 2
GroenLinks 4 3 1 2 1
CDA 2 3 2 1 2
VVD 2 2 1 2 1
SP - - 3 3 4
ChristenUnie 1 1 1 - 1
Samen Voor Pekela - - - 4 3
VCP - - - - 1
Total 15 15 15 15 15

Demographics[edit]

In 2017, the municipality had a total population of 12,709 and a population density of 259/km2 (670/sq mi).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Pekela. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9665JD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 

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