Zuid-Willemsvaart at Smeermaas
Location in Belgium
|Coordinates: 50°53′N 05°39′E / 50.883°N 5.650°ECoordinates: 50°53′N 05°39′E / 50.883°N 5.650°E|
|• Mayor||Guido Willen (Open VLD)|
|• Governing party/ies||Open VLD, sp.a|
|• Total||59.00 km2 (22.78 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
Lanaken is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On January 1, 2007, the municipality of Lanaken had a total population of 24,724. Its area is 59.00 km² which gives a population density of 415 inhabitants per km².
Lanaken is located on the Dutch border, bordering Maastricht directly. In the 2006 census, some 20 percent of the inhabitants turned out to have the Dutch nationality. A number of neighbourhoods in Lanaken is characterized by these immigrant's numerous villas and exclusive landhouses.
Lanaken consists of the following villages: Lanaken proper, Rekem, Neerharen, Gellik, Veldwezelt, Smeermaas and Kesselt.
The South African pulp and paper company Sappi operates a large mill on the outskirts of the town. In 2006, four 100 meter high wind turbines were built to provide electricity to the Celanese factory. Later on 8 more have been built.
Born in Lanaken
Eric Gerets (1954) Former professional football (soccer) player for Belgium, born in Rekem
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)