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Pekela (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpeːkəlaː] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands. It was created in 1990 when Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged.

Pekela
Flag of Pekela
Flag
Coat of arms of Pekela
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Pekela in a municipal map of Groningen
Location of Pekela (green) in the province of Groningen (dark grey) in the Netherlands (light grey)
Coordinates: 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000Coordinates: 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceGroningen
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorJaap Kuin (acting) (PvdA)
Area
 • Total50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi)
 • Land49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi)
 • Water1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi)
Elevation1 m (3 ft)
Population
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total12,380
 • Density252/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
9662–9669
Area code0597
Websitewww.pekela.nl

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HistoryEdit

The municipality of Pekela was created when the municipalities of Oude Pekela and Nieuwe Pekela were merged in 1990.

GeographyEdit

 
Map of the municipality of Pekela, June 2015

Pekela is located at 53°6′N 7°0′E / 53.100°N 7.000°E / 53.100; 7.000 in the southeast of the province of Groningen in the northeast of the Netherlands. It is bordered by the municipalities of Oldambt (in the north), Bellingwedde (east), Stadskanaal (south), Veendam (west), and Menterwolde (northwest).

The river Pekel Aa crosses the municipality from north to south. The main population centres in the municipality are the villages of Boven Pekela (Upper Pekela), Nieuwe Pekela (New Pekela), and Oude Pekela (Old Pekela). Part of the village of Alteveer and the hamlets of Bronsveen and Hoetmansmeer are also in the municipality.

The municipality has a total area of 50.20 km2 (19.38 sq mi), of which 49.10 km2 (18.96 sq mi) is land and 1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi) is water.[2]

GovernanceEdit

The mayor (burgemeester) of Pekela is Meindert Schollema of the Labour Party.[1] The municipal council of Pekela consists of 15 seats, which are divided as follows:

Municipality seats
Party 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
PvdA 6 6 7 3 2
GroenLinks 4 3 1 2 1
CDA 2 3 2 1 2
VVD 2 2 1 2 1
SP - - 3 3 4
ChristenUnie 1 1 1 - 1
Samen Voor Pekela - - - 4 3
VCP - - - - 1
Total 15 15 15 15 15

DemographicsEdit

In 2017, the municipality had a total population of 12,380 and a population density of 252/km2 (650/sq mi).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Pekela. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 9665JD". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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