Sint-Lievens-Houtem

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Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Municipality
Kerk en gemeentehuis - SLH.jpg
Flag of Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Flag
Coat of arms of Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Coat of arms
Sint-Lievens-Houtem is located in Belgium
Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°55′N 03°52′E / 50.917°N 3.867°E / 50.917; 3.867Coordinates: 50°55′N 03°52′E / 50.917°N 3.867°E / 50.917; 3.867
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Aalst
Government
 • Mayor Dr. Lieven Latoir(NIEUWH)
 • Governing party/ies NIEUWH, VLD
Area
 • Total 26.67 km2 (10.30 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 9,985
 • Density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Postal codes 9520-9521
Area codes 053
Website www.sint-lievens-houtem.be

Sint-Lievens-Houtem (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt ˌlivə(n)s ˈɦʌu̯təm], French Hautem-Saint-Liévin, not officially recognized) is a Dutch-speaking municipality of Belgium. It is located in the Denderstreek and at the edge of the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly southern part of the province of East Flanders (Flemish Region). Sint-Lievens-Houtem is crossed by the Molenbeek in Vlierzele, Zonnegem and Letterhoutem.

It is named after Saint Livinus (Sint Lieven in Dutch), a Christian saint believed to have been buried there.

The town comprises the former municipalities of Bavegem, Letterhoutem, Sint-Lievens-Houtem proper, Vlierzele, and Zonnegem, and the hamlets of Espenhoek, Cotthem, and Hoogveld, formerly parts of Oombergen.

In November every year, Sint-Lievens-Houtem holds a winter fair and livestock market, the Houtem Jaarmarkt, at which hundreds of traders sell cattle and horses. In 2010 it was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[2]

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