Lommel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlɔməl]) is a municipality and a city in the Belgian province of Limburg. The Kempen city has about 34,000 inhabitants and is part of the electoral district and the judicial district Lommel Neerpelt.

Lommel
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Flag of Lommel
Coat of arms of Lommel
Lommel is located in Belgium
Lommel
Lommel
Location in Belgium
Location of Lommel in Limburg
Lommel Limburg Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 51°14′N 05°18′E / 51.233°N 5.300°E / 51.233; 5.300Coordinates: 51°14′N 05°18′E / 51.233°N 5.300°E / 51.233; 5.300
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceLimburg
ArrondissementMaaseik
Government
 • MayorBob Nijs
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, NV-A
Area
 • Total102.37 km2 (39.53 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total34,044
 • Density330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Postal codes
3920
Area codes011
Websitewww.lommel.be

Besides residential town of Lommel also has a number of nature reserves, such as the nature reserve De Watering, the Lommel Sahara, and numerous forests and heathlands. Lommel is the third shopping city in Belgian Limburg with a commercial and shopping center De Singel. Importantly, the silver sand that is mined here for the benefit of the glass industry. Some sand mining quarries are transformed into nature reserves and recreational areas, including Lommel Sahara.

The city of Lommel is the watershed of the basins of the Scheldt, and Meuse, and within these basins Nete Dommel respectively.

LanguageEdit

The dialect of Lommel – the Lommel – is part of the East Brabant, and not to the West Limburg dialects, reflecting the particular history of the place.

EtymologyEdit

The name comes from Lommel Loemelo. Loem means moist, swampy and Lo is forest or woodland.

Demographic developmentEdit

All historical data relating to the current municipality, including towns such as arose after the merger of January 1, 1977.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1806—    
1816—    
1830—    
18462,486—    
1856—    
18663,009—    
1876—    
YearPop.±% p.a.
18803,042—    
18903,252+0.67%
19004,431+3.14%
19107,022+4.71%
19207,811+1.07%
19309,666+2.15%
194713,487+1.98%
YearPop.±% p.a.
196117,923+2.05%
197021,984+2.30%
198125,412+1.33%
199027,427+0.85%
200030,433+1.05%
201032,917+0.79%
201533,852+0.56%

PoliticsEdit

StructureEdit

The city of Lommel is located in the electoral district Neerpelt (which is identical to the county district Neerpelt) and the electoral district Hasselt Tongeren-Maaseik (same as the constituency Limburg).

Lommel Supranational National Community Region Province Arrondissement County district Canton Municipality
Administration Level   European Union   Belgium   Flanders   Limburg Maaseik Limburg Lommel
Executive European commission Federal Government Flemish Government Provincial Executive Mayor
Elected body European Parliament Chamber of Representatives Flemish Parliament Provincial Council Municipal Council
Electoral area Dutch-speaking electoral college Limburg Limburg Hasselt-Tongeren-Maaseik Maaseik Neerpelt Neerpelt Lommel
Elections Europe Federal Regional Provincial Municipal

List of mayors of LommelEdit

Results municipal elections since 1976Edit

Partij 10-10-1976[2] 10-10-1982 9-10-1988 9-10-1994 8-10-2000 8-10-2006[3] 14-10-2012[4]
Stemmen / Zetels % 27 % 29 % 29 % 29 % 31 % 31 % 31
CVP1/CD&V2 49,181 14 38,031 13 33,221 11 26,791 9 25,241 9 - 19,682 7
CD&V+N-VA - - - - - 28,55 9 -
VU1/VU&ID2 9,721 2 10,961 3 9,081 2 - 3,732 0 - -
N-VA - - - - - - 17,20 6
PVV1/VLD2/VLD-VIVANT3/Open Vld4 9,561 2 6,551 1 11,561 3 13,182 3 12,692 4 10,903 3 9,294 2
SP 31,55 9 37,57 12 39,51 13 46,21 16 47,75 17 - -
sp.a-spirit - - - - - 42,44 15 -
Burgemeester - - - - - - 40,33 15
AGALEV1/Groen2 - - 3,21 0 - - - 4,342 0
PVDA - 4,55 0 3,44 0 4,11 0 - - -
Vlaams Blok1/Vlaams Belang2 - - - - 7,171 1 9,772 2 3,982 0
LGB - 2,34 0 - - - - -
BOOS - - - 7,86 1 - - -
HOOP - - - 1,85 0 - - -
LEL - - - - 3,42 0 - -
AKTIEF - - - - - 8,33 2 5,19 1
Totaal stemmen 14873 16710 18306 19495 20598 20452 21465
Opkomst % 97,07 95,9 95,32 95,71 93,70
Blanco en ongeldig % 3,68 4,84 4,23 4,41 3,71 4,2 2,47
seats formed coalition 'bold' printed

Sport eventsEdit

Since 2017 the European Open a Snooker ranking tournament of the World Snooker Tour took place in Lommel.

Notable people from LommelEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Lommel Proving Grounds – Lommel Proving Grounds
  • Lommel German war cemetery – Located along N764, on the road from Lommel to Leopoldsdorp is the largest German military cemetery in Western Europe outside Germany itself. Established after World War II, the 16 ha cemetery holds 39,102 burials, mainly from World War II.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Verkiezingsdatabase". fgov.be.
  3. ^ "Verkiezingen van 8 oktober 2006 – Resultaten". vlaanderenkiest.be.
  4. ^ "Startpagina – Lokale verkiezingen 2012". vlaanderenkiest.be.

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