Stein, Limburg

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Stein castle
Stein castle
Flag of Stein
Coat of arms of Stein
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Stein in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°58′N 5°46′E / 50.967°N 5.767°E / 50.967; 5.767Coordinates: 50°58′N 5°46′E / 50.967°N 5.767°E / 50.967; 5.767
Country Netherlands
Province Limburg
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Marion Leurs-Mordang (PvdA)
 • Total 22.62 km2 (8.73 sq mi)
 • Land 21.15 km2 (8.17 sq mi)
 • Water 1.47 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 61 m (200 ft)
Population (February 2017)[4]
 • Total 25,224
 • Density 1,193/km2 (3,090/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Steindenaar, Steinder
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6129, 6170–6171, 6180–6181
Area code 046

Stein (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southeastern Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 25,224 in 2017 and covers an area of 22.62 km2 (8.73 sq mi) of which 1.47 km2 (0.57 sq mi) is water.

The municipality of Stein makes part of the region of South Limburg and lies between the city of Geleen in the east and Beek in the southeast, and lies furthermore west of interchange Kerensheide and the chemical industries of Chemelot. To the west lies the Belgian border, across the Meuse river. In comparison to other cities and villages in the area, Stein is fairly big. It is also the capital city of the municipality with the same name. It has i.a. three Roman Catholic churches, an abandoned mediaeval castle, and a port to the Juliana Canal which used to be the second largest inland port in all of Europe.

On 29 October 2009, the shopping mall of Stein suffered a severe fire. As a result of the calamity, the town subsequently lost 40 shops, 2 banks, 1 restaurant and 6 houses. The adjacent, iconic, 11-story apartment building 'De Stevel', remained intact.

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(Local language in parentheses.)


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Stein, June 2015


  1. ^ "College" [Board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Stein. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6171KP". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "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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