Hamont-Achel

Hamont-Achel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦaːmɔnt ˈɑxəl]; Limburgish: Haëmet-Achel) is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. It was founded in 1977 by a fusion of the city Hamont and the village Achel. On January 1, 2020, Hamont-Achel had a total population of 14.294. The total area is 43.66 km² which gives a population density of 315 inhabitants per km². The municipality houses the Trappist Abbey of Achel, part of which is Brouwerij de Achelse Kluis, one of the 11 Trappist breweries.

Hamont-Achel
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Flag of Hamont-Achel
Coat of arms of Hamont-Achel
Location of Hamont-Achel
Hamont-Achel is located in Belgium
Hamont-Achel
Hamont-Achel
Location in Belgium
Location of Hamont-Achel in Limburg
Hamont-Achel Limburg Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 51°15′N 05°33′E / 51.250°N 5.550°E / 51.250; 5.550Coordinates: 51°15′N 05°33′E / 51.250°N 5.550°E / 51.250; 5.550
Country Belgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceLimburg
ArrondissementMaaseik
Government
 • MayorTheo Schuurmans (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, Balans
Area
 • Total43.73 km2 (16.88 sq mi)
Population
 (2020-01-01)[1]
 • Total14,299
 • Density330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Postal codes
3930
Area codes011
Websitewww.hamont-achel.be

The professional tennis player Elise Mertens (WTA 35 - 2017) lives in Hamont-Achel.

DemographicsEdit

LanguagesEdit

  • Dutch in Hamont-Achel is often spoken with a distinctive Limburgish accent, which should not be confused with the Limburgish language.
  • Limburgish (or Limburgian) is the overlapping term of the tonal dialects spoken in the Belgian and Dutch provinces of Limburg. The Hamont-Achel dialect is only one of many variants of Limburgish.[2]

Deadly explosionEdit

On 18 November 1918, the municipality was the site of one of the worst train explosions in history, when two German munitions trains caught fire and exploded. Not only were the trains destroyed, but three German ambulance trains were also wiped out, along with most of the town. More than 1,000 individuals were killed.

Tumulus on HaarterheideEdit

 
Tumulus (2000-1000 BC)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari (1992—2020)". Statbel. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  2. ^ Bernaerts, J. (1991), Hamonts-Achels dialectwoordenboek. Etymologische verkenningen in het dialect van Hamont en Achel, Hamont-Achel

BibliographyEdit

  • Verhoeven, Jo (2007), "The Belgian Limburg dialect of Hamont", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 37 (2): 219–225, doi:10.1017/S0025100307002940

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