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Stein (About this soundpronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the southeastern Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 25,031 in 2017 and covers an area of 22.62 km2 (8.73 sq mi) of which 1.47 km2 (0.57 sq mi) is water.

Stein castle
Stein castle
Flag of Stein
Coat of arms of Stein
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Stein in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 50°58′N 5°46′E / 50.967°N 5.767°E / 50.967; 5.767Coordinates: 50°58′N 5°46′E / 50.967°N 5.767°E / 50.967; 5.767
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorMarion Leurs-Mordang (PvdA)
 • Total22.62 km2 (8.73 sq mi)
 • Land21.15 km2 (8.17 sq mi)
 • Water1.47 km2 (0.57 sq mi)
Elevation61 m (200 ft)
 (August 2017)[4]
 • Total25,031
 • Density1,183/km2 (3,060/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Steindenaar, Steinder
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6129, 6170–6171, 6180–6181
Area code046

The municipality of Stein makes part of the region of South Limburg and lies between the city of Geleen in the east and Beek in the southeast, and lies furthermore west of interchange Kerensheide and the chemical industries of Chemelot. To the west lies the Belgian border, across the Meuse river. In comparison to other cities and villages in the area, Stein is fairly big. It is also the capital city of the municipality with the same name. It has i.a. three Roman Catholic churches, an abandoned mediaeval castle, and a port to the Juliana Canal which used to be the second largest inland port in all of Europe.

On 29 October 2009, the shopping mall of Stein suffered a severe fire. As a result of the calamity, the town subsequently lost 40 shops, 2 banks, 1 restaurant and 6 houses. The adjacent, iconic, 11-story apartment building 'De Stevel', remained intact.

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(Local language in parentheses.)


Dutch topographic map of the municipality of Stein, June 2015

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "College" [Board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Stein. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6171KP". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  4. ^ "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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