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Meerssen

Meerssen
Municipality
Geulle Castle
Geulle Castle
Flag of Meerssen
Flag
Coat of arms of Meerssen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Meerssen in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates:
Country Netherlands
Province Limburg
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Mirjam Clermonts-Aretz (VVD)
Area[2]
 • Total 27.64 km2 (10.67 sq mi)
 • Land 27.14 km2 (10.48 sq mi)
 • Water 0.50 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 57 m (187 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 19,170
 • Density 706/km2 (1,830/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Meerssenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 6230–6243
Area code 043
Website .nl.meerssenwww

Meerssen (   ) (Limburgish: Meersje) is a place and a municipality in southeastern Netherlands.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Population centres 2
  • Transportation 3
  • International relations 4
    • Twin towns - Sister cities 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The Treaty of Meerssen was signed in Meerssen in 870. The Treaty of Meerssen was an agreement of the division of the Carolingian Empire by the surviving sons of Louis I, Charles II of the West Franks and Louis the German of East Franks.

Around the middle of the 10th century the allodium Meerssen was the property of queen Gerberga, the daughter of king Henry I. She was the spouse of Louis IV of France. In 968 she donated all her property to the abbey of Saint Remigius in Reims.

Population centres

Dutch Topographic map of Meerssen, June 2015

Transportation

Railway station: Meerssen

International relations

Twin towns - Sister cities

Meerssen is a founding member of the Douzelage, a town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.[5][6] Discussions regarding membership are also in hand with three further towns (Agros in Cyprus, Škofja Loka in Slovenia, and Tryavna in Bulgaria).

Altea, Spain - 1991
Bad Kötzting, Germany - 1991
Bellagio, Italy - 1991
Bundoran, Ireland - 1991
Granville, France - 1991
Holstebro, Denmark - 1991
Houffalize, Belgium - 1991
Meerssen, the Netherlands - 1991
Niederanven, Luxembourg - 1991
Preveza, Greece - 1991
Sesimbra, Portugal - 1991
Sherborne, United Kingdom - 1991
Karkkila, Finland - 1997
Oxelösund, Sweden - 1998
Judenburg, Austria - 1999
Chojna, Poland - 2004
Kőszeg, Hungary - 2004
Sigulda, Latvia - 2004
Sušice, Czech Republic - 2004
Türi, Estonia - 2004
Zvolen, Slovakia - 2007
Prienai, Lithuania - 2008
Marsaskala, Malta - 2009
Siret, Romania - 2010

References

Notes
  1. ^ "Burgemeester" [Mayor] (in Dutch). Gemeente Meerssen. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 6231LE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch).  
  5. ^ "Douzelage.org: Home". www.douzelage.org. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Douzelage.org: Member Towns". www.douzelage.org. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

External links

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