Vaals

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Vaals (About this sound pronunciation ) is a town in the extreme southeastern part of the Dutch province of Limburg, which in its turn finds itself in the southeastern part of the Netherlands.

The municipality covers an area of 23.90 km² in the foothills of the ArdennesEifelrange and is located about 23 km east of Maastricht and 5 km west of the city centre of Aachen.

It borders on both Belgium and Germany. The three borders meet on the Drielandenpunt, a few meters from the highest point of the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg. The Vaalserberg used to be called "Hubertusberg".

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Population

In the municipality of Vaals, there are four villages and nine townships.

Villages

Number of inhabitants per 1/1/2005:

Municipalities

Next to these official villages and towns, the Vaals municipality also hosts a number of townships:
Camerig, Cottessen, Harles, Mamelis, Melleschet, Raren, Rott, Wolfhaag

Local politics

Vaals is the place in the Netherlands with the highest portion of German inhabitants (26%). With the last local elections on 7 March 2006 Georg Götz, a German citizen with the "Burgerbelang" party, was elected into the local council. A first in the history of the Netherlands. On 3 March 2010 he repeats his success with his own party "Betaalbaar & Duurzaam Vaals" (B&DV, Affordable & Sustainable Vaals). Actually Babette Lemmer from "Vrij & Onafhankelijk" (V&O, Free & Independent), a further German citizen, was elected into the local council (13 seats), too. Since that time Vaals has been administered by a coalition of PvdA (social democrats, 2 seats), B&DV (2 seats), and V&O (3 seats).

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