Infobox Belgium Municipality
mayor=Jan Verheyden (sp.a)
sp.a, VLD, spirit
web= [http://www.tessenderlo.be/ www.tessenderlo.be]
Tessenderlo is a
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Limburg (Belgium). It is where the three Belgian provinces of Limburg (Belgium), Flemish Brabantand Antwerp (province)meet at the front gate of the AverbodeAbbey. The municipality Tessenderlo encompasses the villages of Tessenderlo proper, Schoot, Engsbergen, Hulst and Berg. It is on the Albert Canaland the European route E313, the highway between Antwerpand Liège, one of the reasons why it was the place for the first Belgian "Industrial Zone of National Importance" in the 1960's.
Tessenderlo was the scene of an infamous industrial disaster during WWII, when a stock of 150 tonnes of
ammonium nitrateat the chemical plant of "Produits Chimiques de Tessenderloo" (now " Tessenderlo Chemie") - located near the centre of town - exploded on April 29th 1942, killing 189 people at the plant and in the town.
Tessenderlo is part of a small western zone of Limburg where the local dialect is not the
Limburgian dialect, but Brabantic.
January 1 2006Tessenderlo had a total population of 16,811. The total area is 51.35 km² which gives a population densityof 327 inhabitants per km².
* [http://www.tessenderlo.be Official website ] - Available only in Dutch
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