Schoten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsxoːtə(n)]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Schoten proper. As of 1 January 2018 Schoten has a total population of 34,462. The total area is 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi) which gives a population density of 1,122 inhabitants per km². Schoten borders the Antwerp districts Merksem to the west and Deurne to the south west. Neighboring municipalities include Brasschaat to the north, Brecht to the north east, Schilde to the east, and Wijnegem to the south.
|• Mayor||Maarten De Veuster (N-VA)|
|• Governing party/ies||N-VA, Open VLD|
|• Total||29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
Early Middle AgesEdit
The history and usage of the name Schoten may have come from the name given to the wooden dividing walls (schot in Dutch) that were driven in the ground to separate private property. The Christianization of the area dates from the end of the 7th century, under the influence of Abbot Ursmarus, of Lobbes Abbey, which owned property here.
16th century until todayEdit
Already by the beginning of the 16th century, well-off burghers and merchants from neighboring Antwerp built castles in Schoten as secondary residences. The local community succeeded, however, in maintaining its rural Campine character until well into the 19th century. Industry first developed on the border with Merksem, later along the Albert Canal. Much of the rest of the town's territory was kept green and was again used by neighboring Antwerp residents for building extensive villas such as Koningshof and Schotenhof. Today about 30% of Schoten's territory still consists of forested areas, a great achievement given its location only 10 km (6 mi) away from the center of Antwerp.
- The water-encircled Schoten castle started as a farm in the 13th century, and is now converted into a local cultural centre.
- The main square is lined with a Gothic Revival city hall and adorned with a Till Eulenspiegel fountain.
- The Villers castle also dates from the 13th century, while the Gothic-style church of St-Cordula dates from the 15th century.
- Schoten also has a number of nature reservations and wooded areas, such as the Peerdsbos, the Vordensteyn domain, 't Asbroek, Wijtschot or the municipal park.
- Schotenhof is an area of Schoten located in the north-east of the municipality. It was created in the beginning of the 20th century, a time when in several wood-rich municipalities around Antwerp the local castles were divided into lots to allow for the building of residential houses and vacation cottages.
Events and SportsEdit
The municipal council, per the outcome of the 2018 local elections, is a coalition of NV-A (16 seats) and Open-VLD (1 seat), a total of 17 out of 31 seats.
Council of Mayor and AldermenEdit
Since 2018, the Council of Mayor and Aldermen, the municipal executive board, consists of:
|Council of Mayor and Aldermen (2018-now)|
|Mayor||Maarten De Veuster (N-VA)|
- Paul Embrechts, professor of (insurance) mathematics, ETH Zürich (b. 1953)
- Bob Mendes, writer of thrillers and detective stories (b. 1928)
- Michel A. J. Georges, biologist and professor at the University of Liège (b. 1959)
- Marie-Rose Morel, politician (b. 1972 d. 2011)
- Véronique De Kock, Miss Belgium 1995 (b. 1977)
- Geert Steurs, professional road bicycle racer (b. 1981)
- Thor Salden, also known as Thor!, singer (b. 1997)
- Harrie Hendrickx, former mayor
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
Schoten is twinned with:
- Deuzeld, a neighborhood of Schoten that is part of the Antwerp agglomeration.
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- "Miasta Partnerskie". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
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