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Coordinates: Country Belgium Region Flemish Region Community Flemish Community Province Limburg Arrondissement Tongeren Government - Mayor Guido Willen (Open VLD) - Governing party/ies Open VLD, sp.a Area - Total 59.00 km2 (22.8 sq mi) Population (1 January 2010) - Total 25,341 - Density 429.5/km2 (1,112.4/sq mi) Postal codes 3620-3621 Area codes 089 Website www.lanaken.be
Lanaken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2007 Lanaken had a total population of 24,724. The total area is 59.00 km² which gives a population density of 415 inhabitants per km².
It is located on the Dutch border, bordering Maastricht directly. A number of neighbourhoods in Lanaken are characterized by their numerous villas and exclusive landhouses. In the 2006 census, around 20 percent of the inhabitants were Dutch nationals.
Lanaken consists of the following villages: Lanaken, Rekem, Neerharen, Gellik, Veldwezelt, Smeermaas and Kesselt.
In 2006, four 100 m high windturbines were built to provide electricity to the Celanese factory. In the near future 8 more windturbines will be built to support the demand for electricity.
Born in Lanaken
Eric Gerets (1954) Former professional football (soccer) player for Belgium, born in Rekem
Hasselt Maaseik Tongeren
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