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Arrondissement of Mechelen

Arrondissement of Mechelen
Arrondissement Mechelen
Arrondissement
Location of the arrondissement in Antwerp
Location of the arrondissement in Antwerp
Coordinates: 51°03′N 4°30′E / 51.05°N 4.5°E / 51.05; 4.5
Country Belgium
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Municipalities13
Area
 • Total510.22 km2 (197.00 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)
 • Total340,410
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The Arrondissement of Mechelen (Dutch: Arrondissement Mechelen; French: Arrondissement de Malines) is one of the three administrative arrondissements in the Province of Antwerp, Belgium. It is both an administrative and a judicial arrondissement, as the territory for both coincides.

History

The Arrondissement of Mechelen was created in 1800 as the third arrondissement in the Department of Deux-Nèthes (Dutch: Departement Twee Nethen). It originally comprised the cantons of Duffel, Heist-op-den-Berg, Lier, Mechelen and Puurs. In 1977, the then municipality of Muizen was added to the arrondissement from the Arrondissement of Leuven, and was merged into the City of Mechelen.

Per 1 January 2019, the municipalities of Puurs and Sint-Amands will merge into the new municipality of Puurs-Sint-Amands.

Municipalities

The Administrative Arrondissement of Mechelen consists of the following municipalities: