LETTERS & RECIPES
THE CITY OF GENK
Genk (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣɛŋk]) is a town and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. It is one of the most important industrial towns in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège.
In 1900, Genk was a quiet village with around 2,000 residents.
At that time, Genk was known for its beautiful nature, popular among artists and painters who used Genk as a setting for their pieces.
In 1901, coal was discovered in Genk and three mining sites were developed: Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag (C-mine today).
As a result, the population grew exponentially: today Genk has about 65,000 inhabitants with 107 different ethnic backgrounds. The mines had some good years, but in 1966 the Zwartberg mine closed, followed by Winterslag (C-mine today) in 1986 and Waterschei in 1987.