Peer, Belgium

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Peer
Municipality
Peer centre 01.JPG
Flag of Peer
Flag
Coat of arms of Peer
Coat of arms
Peer is located in Belgium
Peer
Peer
Location in Belgium
Location of Peer in Limburg
Peer Limburg Belgium Map.png
Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°28′E / 51.133°N 5.467°E / 51.133; 5.467Coordinates: 51°08′N 05°28′E / 51.133°N 5.467°E / 51.133; 5.467
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Limburg
Arrondissement Maaseik
Government
 • Mayor Theo Kelchtermans (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, sp.a
Area
 • Total 86.95 km2 (33.57 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 16,427
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Postal codes 3990
Area codes 011
Website www.peer.be

Peer is a municipality located in the province of Limburg, Flemish Region, Belgium. On January 1, 2006, Peer had a total population of 15,810. The total area is 86.95 km² which gives a population density of 182 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Peer, Grote-Brogel, Kleine-Brogel, Wauberg, Erpekom and Wijchmaal.

Peer is the site of a famous annual blues music festival held in July.

History

Peer is the birth place of the composer Armand Preud'homme. From 1990 to 2018 the Armand Preud'homme Museum remembered to his life and work.[2]

The village Grote Brogel, part of Peer, claims to be the birthplace of Pieter Bruegel.[3] The Bruegel Foundation was also founded in Peer to research the history of Peer and Pieter Bruegel.

Kleine Brogel, a village that is a part of Peer, includes Kleine Brogel Air Base. Rumours that American nuclear weapons under the NATO nuclear sharing program were stationed at Kleine Brogel have never been officially confirmed,[4] but are now known to be true. A cable from the American Embassy in Brussels from November 2009, published by WikiLeaks, not only confirms their existence, but also informs that the Belgian government rejected a proposal from Germany to propose to the rest of NATO that the nuclear weapons be removed from both countries (as well as those stationed in the Netherlands and Italy).[5]

Climate

Climate data for Peer
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5.5
(41.9)
6.6
(43.9)
10.4
(50.7)
14.0
(57.2)
18.8
(65.8)
21.1
(70)
23.4
(74.1)
23.5
(74.3)
19.6
(67.3)
14.9
(58.8)
9.2
(48.6)
6.4
(43.5)
14.5
(58)
Average low °C (°F) −0.5
(31.1)
−1.0
(30.2)
1.0
(33.8)
2.7
(36.9)
7.2
(45)
11.1
(52)
10.1
(50.2)
12.1
(53.8)
8.9
(48)
5.7
(42.3)
2.6
(36.7)
0.8
(33.4)
5.1
(41.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 72.3
(2.846)
57.1
(2.248)
73.3
(2.886)
50.5
(1.988)
63.8
(2.512)
84.9
(3.343)
68.7
(2.705)
62.7
(2.469)
66.8
(2.63)
66.0
(2.598)
76.2
(3)
79.7
(3.138)
822
(32.363)
Average precipitation days 13 10 13 10 11 12 10 9 10 11 13 13 135
Source: World Meteorological Organisation (UN) [6]

Peer has in the summer quite a nice temperature, around 20 degrees Celsius. In the winter it normally snows.

References

  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ Geert Van Baelen, ‘Ooit kwamen hier achthonderd groepen per jaar, nu nog twee’, 7 April 2018, De Standaard (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Bruegelkring - Bruegel Foundation".
  4. ^ "Kleine Brogel dossier". Mother Earth.
  5. ^ "09BRUSSELS1580, SCENESETTER FOR BILATERAL MEETINGS WITH BELGIAN". WikiLeaks. 2009-11-24.
  6. ^ "World Weather Information Service – Peer". United Nations. Retrieved 19 January 2011.

External links

  • Media related to Peer, Belgium at Wikimedia Commons
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