Hasselt

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Hasselt is a city in Belgium. It is the capital of the Belgian province Limburg. It lies about half way between Aachen and Leuven. The city has city privileges since 1232. Today, about 70,000 people live there. Most of them are native Dutch speakers.

Well-known people from Hasselt include Heinrich von Veldeke, probably one of the first writers who did no longer write in Latin, but rather used the German of the time, in the 12th century, Willy Claes, who was NATO secretary in 1994 and 1995, and Axelle Red a contemporary singer-songwriter.

In 2007 its population was 70584.[1]

It is located at 50° 55 North, 05° 20 East.[2]

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  1. "Werkelijke bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2007 / Population de droit par commune au 1 janvier 2007 (.xls)". Archived from the original on 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  2. "Geografische coördinaten van de gemeenten (.xls)". Archived from the original on 2004-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-15.