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Wellen

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Country  Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Area codes  012, 011
Local time  Monday 2:47 AM
Community  Flemish Community
Postal codes  3830-3832
Website  www.wellen.be
Province  Limburg
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Weather  9°C, Wind S at 11 km/h, 75% Humidity
Arrondissement  Arrondissement of Tongeren

Wellen is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. On 1 January 2008, Wellen had a total population of 7,102. The total area is 26.72 km², giving a population density of 266 inhabitants per km2.

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Map of Wellen, Belgium

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Wellen , Berlingen, Herten and Ulbeek. Other population centres and hamlets include: Bos, Beurs, Kukkelberg, Langenakker, Oetersloven, Overbroek, Russelt, and Vrolingen.

History

Archaeological findings suggest the place was inhabited already during the Frankish period (5th to 7th century). Debris from the river Herk on that spot made fertile soil for farming. Mention of the name Wellene or Welnis doesn't occur until the second half of the 12th.

The name Wellen derives from the Middle Dutch "wellene", meaning "source" or "pit" or, alternately, from Latin terra Villina, "agricultural holding". Wellen was long associated with the abbey of Munsterbilzen, founded around 670.

References

Wellen Wikipedia


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