Lanaken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2007, the municipality of Lanaken had a total population of 24,724. Its area is 59.00 km² which gives a population density of 415 inhabitants per km².

Zuid-Willemsvaart at Smeermaas
Zuid-Willemsvaart at Smeermaas
Flag of Lanaken
Coat of arms of Lanaken
Lanaken is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Lanaken in Limburg
Lanaken Limburg Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°53′N 05°39′E / 50.883°N 5.650°E / 50.883; 5.650Coordinates: 50°53′N 05°39′E / 50.883°N 5.650°E / 50.883; 5.650
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
 • MayorMarino Keulen (Open VLD)
 • Governing party/iesOpen VLD, sp.a
 • Total59.00 km2 (22.78 sq mi)
 • Total25,818
 • Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes089

Lanaken is located on the Belgian-Dutch border, bordering Maastricht directly. In the 2006 census, some 20 percent of the inhabitants turned out to have the Dutch nationality. A number of neighbourhoods in Lanaken is characterized by these immigrants' numerous villas and exclusive landhouses.

Lanaken consists of the following villages: Lanaken proper, Rekem, Neerharen, Gellik, Veldwezelt, Smeermaas and Kesselt. Also located in Lanaken are the hamlets Briegden and Herbricht and the old village centre Oud-Rekem.

The South African pulp and paper company Sappi operates a large mill on the outskirts of the town. In 2006, four 100 meter high wind turbines were built to provide electricity to the Celanese factory. Later on 8 more have been built.

The reactivation of the former railway Maastricht-Lanaken-Hasselt was scheduled in 2014 but no such project has started to this day.

The Veldwezelt-Hezerwater Palaeolithic archaeological site is located in the municipality.

Born in LanakenEdit

  • Eric Gerets (1954) Former professional football (soccer) player for Belgium, born in Rekem
  • Edgar Willems (1890–1978), artist, musician, and music educator


Sint-Ursula church
Hocht Abbey at Lanaken
d'Aspremont-Lynden castle at Rekem


  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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