In 1971, Varendonk was incorporated into Veerle.
In 1977, Veerle and other municipalities merged into the new municipality of Laakdal.
Nearby towns include Laakdal 1.7km (Vorst 2.4km, Varendonk 2.8km and Eindhout 4.1km), Westerlo 5.5km (Tongerlo 6.7km, Zoerle-Parwijs 8.1km and Oevel 9.4km), Scherpenheuvel-Zichem 6.7km (Averbode 4.9km, Testelt 7.3km, Zichem 7.8km and Messelbroek 8.9km), Tessenderlo 7.2km, Herselt 7.7km, Meerhout 9.4km, Geel 10.4km (Oosterlo 4.1km and Zammel 4.2km) and Diest 10.5km (Molenstede 7.6km and Deurne 8.5km)
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