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Sint Niklaas

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second smallest continent in terms of area and third largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Sint Niklaas is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Sint Niklaas proper and the towns of Belsele, Nieuwkerken Waas, and Sinaai. The population of Sint Niklaas was 69,725 with an area of 83,80 square kilometers. In total population men are 33,941 that is 48,68 percent and women are 35,784 which makes 51,32 percent.

Sint Niklaas is the capital and major city of the Waasland region straddling the East Flanders and Antwerp provinces. The city is known for having the largest market square in Belgium. Although some traces of pre-Roman activity have been found on the territory of Sint Niklaas, the regional center during Roman times was neighboring Waasmunster, better located on the river Durme.
The history of Sint Niklaas, starts in 1217, when the bishop of Tournai, following advice from the local clergy, founded a church to Saint Nicholas here. Because of Sint Niklaas setting on the vital axis from Ghent to Antwerp, the city has good connections by train and car. The city also has an extensive network of buslines, both regional and local. Throughout the city main streets, buses drive on separate lanes.
The 17th century was generally a period of prosperity that was marked by economic growth, mostly in the flax and wool industries. This was also the time when Sint Niklaas was endowed with administrative buildings and three cloistered communities, which provided educational, religious, and medical services to the region. Sint Niklaas was awarded the title of most pedestrian friendly city in Flanders after the restauration of its central Market area.

It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origin back to prehistoric times. It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination.

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