Infobox Belgium Municipality
mayor=Sonja Claes (CD&V/PLUS)
CD&V/PLUS, VLD, N-VA
web= [http://www.heusden-zolder.be/ www.heusden-zolder.be]
Heusden-Zolder is a
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. On January 1 2006Heusden-Zolder had a total population of 30,769. The total area is 53.23 km² which gives a population densityof 578 inhabitants per km².
Heusden-Zolder was the result of the merger on January 1 1977 of the two former municipalities of
Heusdenand Zolder. Heusden exists out of the parishes Heusden centre, Berkenbosand Eversel. Zolder consists out of Zolder centre, Boekt, Viversel, Bolderbergand Lindeman.
Heusden-Zolder is the home to almost 2000
immigrantsfrom all over the world. This is due to the (now closed) coal mine of Zolder. During the 1960s the Belgian coal mines had an enormous shortage of employees. For that reason they paid a lot of money to foreigners who wanted to come and work here. After the closure of the mines (the one in Zolder was the last one in Belgium to close in 1992) most of them chose to stay rather than go back to their home country. This makes Heusden-Zolder a very multiculturalplace.
The town hall is located in Zolder centre since the merger. As a compromise the former town hall of Heusden is now used instead by the local
social securitydepartment (OCMW).
Places of interest
* The Circuit Terlaemen, former home to the
Formula One Belgian Grand Prixand host of the 2007 Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix. Also the 1969 and 2002 UCI Road World Championships, the 2002 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championshipsand the 2003 Motocross des Nationswere held at this same location.
* Castle of Meylandt, a castle donated to Heusden-Zolder from the de Theux de Meylandt family. It is currently used as an artschool.
De Veen, an athletics stadiumthat yearly hosts the KBC Nacht van de Atletiek, the second most important athletics meeting in Belgium after the world famous Memorial Van Dammein Brussels.
* De Revue, comical theatre play in the Heusden dialect.
Evil Superstars, indie rockband
Regi Penxten, Milk Inc.and DJ
Sonja Claes, mayor
* [http://www.heusden-zolder.be/ Official website ] - Only available in Dutch
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