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Essen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛsə(n)]) is a municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp which comprises the towns of Essen Centrum, Heikant, Horendonk, Wildert, Statie and Hoek. In 2007, Essen had a population of 17,143. The total area is 47.48 km² which gives a population density of 358 inhabitants per km².
The town is near the border with the Netherlands. It has a railway station, and is the last stop in Belgium for rail services travelling north. The station before Essen is Wildert. The next station is Roosendaal, North Brabant, Netherlands.
The Grand Prix Rouwmoer is a cyclo-cross race held in December, which is part of the BPost Bank Trophy.
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