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Nieppe is located in France
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Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardy
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkerque
Canton Bailleul-Nord-Est
Intercommunality Monts de Flandres - Plaine de la Lys
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Vandevoorde
Area1 17.3 km2 (6.7 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 7,470
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59431 / 59850
Elevation 12–21 m (39–69 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Nieppe (Dutch: Niepkerke) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It is in the Lys Plain and a portion of it is in the Lys Valley (Leiedal in Dutch).


  • 1962: 4,997
  • 1968: 5,341
  • 1975: 6,903
  • 1982: 7,238
  • 1990: 7,417
  • 1999: 7,470

About Nieppe

It is situated by the Belgian border. It is located from Armentières and is also located 42 km southeast of Dunkerque or Dunkirk and is connected with the A25 (15 km) to Lille and the Departmental route 933. The bounding municipality in Belgium includes Heuvelland.

Nieppe has a railway station with the TER with trains from Calais Ville and Dunkerque to Gare de Lille Flandres. Its nearest airport are in Merville (18 km) and Lesquin (24 km)


  • 1790-1802: Jean-Marc Chieus
  • 1802-1837: Constant Watelet de Messange
  • 1837-1841: Pierre Portebois
  • 1841-1848: Charles Vanmerris
  • 1848-1865: Cyrille Delangre-Salembié
  • 1865-1870: Edmond Watelet de Messange
  • 1870-1871: Félix Gokelaere
  • 1871-1875: Hippolyte Delbecque
  • 1875-1890: Louis Loridan
  • 1890-1898: Hippolyte Delbecque
  • 1898-1906: Hector Pollet
  • 1906-1939: Henri Vanuxeem
  • 1939-1968: Jules Houcke
  • 1968-1972: Renée Houcke


In its point of its economic view, Nieppe suffered numerous invasions and wars which devastated the area, especially the profit of strategic position of the heart of the agricultural area and more European productives, its strategic axis Lille-Dunkirk via Bailleuil and Kassel, the axis, the today's A25.


Arms of Nieppe
The arms of Nieppe are blazoned :
Quarterly 1&4: Sable, 6 bezants 3,2,1(Or); 2&3: Argent, a chevron between 3 roses gules.

Points of interests



Nieppe features its own football (soccer) club FC Nieppe and its handball club (team). Nieppe also has a library named after Maurice Schumann, its painting and music school and K'Dane (a Nieppe (Nieppoise) dance school). Miss Cantine was created during the Second World War and was recreated and named on March 31, 2007. It features several funny faces on the solidarity of several Nieppois residents. Opened by Jules Houcke, mayor of Nieppe created and alimented a scholar cantine, opened equally for old people of the commune.

See also