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|• Mayor||Sophie De Wit (N-VA)|
|• Governing party/ies||N-VA, sp.a-Groen|
|• Total||10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
Aartselaar (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːrtsəlaːr], old spelling: Aertselaer) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the town of Aartselaar proper. On January 1, 2006 Aartselaar had a total population of 14,375. The total area is 10.93 km² which gives a population density of 1,316 inhabitants per km². The municipality of Aartselaar is located in the southern outskirts of Antwerp. It is known for its 1801 windmill (Heimolen) as well as the cycling race called Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.
The origin of the name of the town is obscure; the most probable etymology refers to "Arcelar", a clearing in the woods (laar) located near a border (archas).
The D Y Patil International school is located in this municipality and offers the international IB curriculum.
Well-known persons who were born or reside in Aartselaar or have any other significant connection with the municipality:
- Frans Cools (1918 - 1999), cyclist
- Sophie De Wit (1973), politician
- Camille Paulus (1943), politician
- Karel Thijs (1918), cyclist
- Geo Verbanck (1881 - 1961), sculptor
- "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- "Aartselaar (Municipality, Province of Antwerp, Belgium)". www.crwflags.com.
- Fiche Karel Thijs; sportuitslagen.org
- Media related to Aartselaar at Wikimedia Commons