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  Genk
Location of Genk in Limburg
Geography
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community of Belgium flag Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region flag Flemish Region
Province Belgian province of Limburg flag Limburg
Arrondissement Hasselt
Coordinates 50°58′N 05°30′E / 50.967, 5.5Coordinates: 50°58′N 05°30′E / 50.967, 5.5
Area 87.85 km²
Population (Source: NIS)
Population
– Males
– Females
- Density
63,787 (01/01/2006)
49.31%
50.69%
726 inhab./km²
Age distribution
0–19 years
20–64 years
65+ years
(01/01/2006)
24.68%
59.75%
15.57%
Foreigners 14.02% (01/07/2005)
Economy
Unemployment rate 16.52% (01/01/2006)
Mean annual income 11,580 €/pers. (2003)
Government
Mayor Jef Gabriels (CD&V)
Governing parties CD&V
Other information
Postal codes 3600
Area codes 089
Web address www.genk.be

Genk is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. The municipality only comprises the city of Genk itself. It is one of the most important industrial cities in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège. Genk was recently voted the friendliest city in Europe by the SEA Tourist Commission. Image File history File links RedDot. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Sin_escudo. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium_(civil). ... Belgium is a federal state and is composed of three communities, three regions, and four linguistic regions. ... 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History

Celtic and medieval origins

Genk probably originated as a Celtic village, and was converted to Christianity in the 10th century. The remains of a little wooden church dating from that period were found in the area. The first mention of Genk as Geneche can be found in a document dating from 1108, ceding the territory to the Abbey of Rolduc. Politically, Genk belonged to the County of Loon until it was annexed by the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in 1365. This article is about the European people. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 10th century was that century which lasted from 901 to 1000. ... Events May - Battle of Ucles Consecration of Chichester cathedral Saint Magnus becomes the first earl of Orkney In Pistoia, Italy, Cathedral of San Zeno burned to the ground. ... Rolduc is a major Roman Catholic seminary of priestly formation and an affiliated conferencing center in Kerkrade in the Netherlands. ... The County of Loon (French: Comté de Looz) was a state of the Holy Roman Empire in present Belgium. ... Coat of arms The Bishopric of Liège in 1477 Capital Liège Language(s) French, Dutch, German, Walloon Religion Roman Catholicism Government Principality Prince-Bishop  - 340s–384 Saint Servatius (first bishop)  - 972–1008 Notger (first prince-bishop)  - 1792–94 François-Antoine-Marie de Méan (last) Historical era... Events Foundation of the University of Vienna Births John de Ros, 6th Baron de Ros (died 1394) Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk (died 1399) Deaths May 17 - Louis VI the Roman, elector of Brandenburg (born 1328) July 27 - Duke Rudolf IV of Austria (born 1339) Categories: 1365 ...


20th century development

The village remained unimportant and small, growing slowly to a population of 2,000 around 1900. The peaceful village was the home of landscape painters and writers such as Neel Doff. In 1901, André Dumont found a large quantity of coal in the nearby village of As. Soon after, the “Black Gold” was also found in Genk. After World War I, the village started to attract a large quantity of both Belgian and foreign immigrants, and quickly became the biggest city in Limburg after Hasselt, peaking to a population of 70 000. However, in 1966 the coal mine of Zwartberg closed down, and Genk had to develop new industries, mainly along the Albert Canal and highways. The most important nowadays is the Ford Motor Company factory. By the end of the 1980s, the two remaining coal mines of Winterslag and Waterschei were also closed. Neel Doff is the nom de plume of Cornelia Hubertina Doff: (b. ... Year 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... André Hubert Dumont (February 15, 1809-February 28, 1857) was a Belgian geologist. ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... As is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Albert Canal is a canal located in northeastern Belgium. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Automotive industry

The production plant of Ford Motor Company is the largest and most important employer in Genk today, employing some 5,000 people and building the Mondeo sedan and hatchback, the Galaxy (second generation, from 2006 and onwards) MPV/minivan, and the S-MAX sub-MPV. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... The Ford Mondeo is a large family car sold by the Ford Motor Company in various markets throughout the world. ... See also the Ford Galaxie full-size car of the 1950s and 1960s The Ford Galaxy is a large MPV first introduced in 1995. ... The Ford S-MAX is a large MPV produced by the Ford Motor Company for the European and by Changan Ford Automobile Co. ...


Genk today

Genk is now the industrial centre of Limburg, offering over 45,000 jobs, making it the third economical city in Belgium, and harbouring a population consisting of about 86 nationalities. In fact, one third of the population is of a foreign nationality. This mix of Belgian and Mediterranean (mostly Italian,15000; Turkish,4000; and Greek,1000) culture makes Genk a true multicultural society. In 2000, Genk officially became a city. The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... Multiculturalism or cultural pluralism is a policy, ideal, or reality that emphasizes the unique characteristics of different cultures in the world, especially as they relate to one another in immigrant receiving nations. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Sights

  • The biggest tourist attraction of Genk is Bokrijk (http://www.bokrijk.be/eng/index.html), an open-air museum consisting of authentic relocated buildings (mainly dating from 17th till 19th century) from all over Flanders. In the summer season, historical Flanders comes alive in Bokrijk through numerous actors and re-enactment events.
  • Also noteworthy are the old coalmines of Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag, surrounded by huge black mountains of dug up soil and coal remnants. Some of the mine buildings and housing can be visited.
  • Despite its industrial past and present, Genk is nicknamed The Green City. It sports a nature reserve called "De Maten", the large recreational area Kattevennen (with the Europlaneterium), Bokrijk, and several other green areas. In sunny weather, you may also want to pay a visit to the Sundial Park (Dutch: Zonnewijzerpark).

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Events

  • Genk is the proud home of Motives Festival, an annual event taking place in November and celebrating "new sounds of jazz." Recent performers have included the fiery piano jazz of Esbjörn Svensson Trio, funky saxman Joshua Redman, and futuristic electronics wizard Leafcutter John. Another musical event, Genk on Stage, takes place during three days in the summer.
  • Genk is also rich in tradition, with a colourful carnival taking place around Ash Wednesday, the May celebrations featuring the May Queen, a flowers parade and a huge fireworks finale, and finally the Saint Martin procession, in honour of Saint Martin of Tours, one of the most popular saints in Flanders.

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Famous inhabitants

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Sports

Genk's major football club, K.R.C. Genk, promoted from second division in 1996 and quickly became one of Belgiums top clubs. They finished first in the highest football league in 1999 and 2002 and won the Belgian Cup in 1998 and 2000. Because of this success, the Cristal Arena (before: Fenix stadium) of KRC Genk (place for 25 500 supporters) has become an important centre of both sport and non-sport activities in recent years. Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... K.R.C. Genk, usually referred to as Racing Genk is a Belgian football club based in the city of Genk in Limburg, province of Belgium. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Belgian First Division, also known as Jupiler League (for sponsorship reasons), is the top competition in Belgian football (soccer). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Belgian cup is the main knockout football competition in Belgium. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Twin city

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External links


Flag of Limburg
Municipalities in the Province of Limburg, Flanders, Belgium
Hasselt: As | Beringen | Diepenbeek | Genk | Gingelom | Halen | Ham | Hasselt | Herk-de-Stad | Heusden-Zolder | Leopoldsburg | Lummen | Nieuwerkerken | Opglabbeek | Sint-Truiden | Tessenderlo | Zonhoven | Zutendaal |
Maaseik: Bocholt | Bree | Dilsen-Stokkem | Hamont-Achel | Hechtel-Eksel | Houthalen-Helchteren | Kinrooi | Lommel | Maaseik | Meeuwen-Gruitrode | Neerpelt | Overpelt | Peer
Tongeren: Alken | Bilzen | Borgloon | Heers | Herstappe | Hoeselt | Kortessem | Lanaken | Maasmechelen | Riemst | Tongeren | Voeren | Wellen |

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Genk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (397 words)
Genk is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt.
Genk probably originated as a Celtic village, and was converted to Christianity in the 10th century.
Genk is now the industrial centre of Limburg, harbouring a population consisting of about 60 nationalities.
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