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Flag of Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Coat of arms of Sint-Lievens-Houtem
Sint-Lievens-Houtem is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
The municipality in the Aalst arrondissement
in the province of East Flanders
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
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • MayorDr. Lieven Latoir(NIEUWH)
 • Governing party/iesNIEUWH, VLD
 • Total26.67 km2 (10.30 sq mi)
 • Total10,255
 • Density380/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes053

Sint-Lievens-Houtem (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt ˌlivə(n)s ˈɦʌu̯tɛm], 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 [nl], Sint-Lievens-Houtem proper, Vlierzele, and Zonnegem [nl], and the hamlets of Espenhoek [nl], Cotthem [nl], and Hoogveld, formerly parts of Oombergen [nl].

Houtem Jaarmarkt[edit]

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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  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Houtem Jaarmarkt, annual winter fair and livestock market at Sint-Lievens-Houtem". UNESCO. Retrieved 2014-12-05.

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