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Machelen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑxələ(n)]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Diegem and Machelen proper. On 1 January 2006 Machelen had a total population of 12,500. The total area is 11.59 km² which gives a population density of 1,078 inhabitants per km².

St. Gertrudis church in Machelen
St. Gertrudis church in Machelen
Flag of Machelen
Coat of arms of Machelen
Coat of arms
Machelen is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Machelen in Flemish Brabant
Coordinates: 50°55′N 04°26′E / 50.917°N 4.433°E / 50.917; 4.433Coordinates: 50°55′N 04°26′E / 50.917°N 4.433°E / 50.917; 4.433
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Flemish Brabant
Arrondissement Halle-Vilvoorde
 • Mayor Jean-Pierre De Groef (sp.a)
 • Governing party/ies sp.a, VLD, Spirit
 • Total 11.59 km2 (4.47 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 15,135
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 1830, 1831
Area codes 02

Machelen may have been the birthplace of composer Cypriano de Rore.[citation needed]

A portion of Brussels Airport is located in Diegem, Machelen.[2]



Brussels Airlines head office in Diegem, Machelen

Brussels Airlines has its corporate headquarters in the on the grounds of Brussels Airport and in Diegem, Machelen.[2][3] Brussels Airlines formed in 2006 as a result of a merger between SN Brussels and Virgin Express.[4]

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations of Chevron Phillips are based in Stockholm Building in Airport Plaza in Diegem.[5]


Primary schools include:[6]

  • Gemeentelijke Basisschool De Fonkel (Diegem)
  • Basisschool De Sterrenhemel
  • Vrije Basisschool De Windroos
  • Parochiale Basisschool (Diegem)

GISO Machelen provides secondary education.[7][8]

Bibliotheek Machelen-Diegem is the public library of the town.[9]


  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ a b "bedrijf.jpg." Machelen. Retrieved on 25 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Corp – Contact Us Archived 13 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.." Brussels Airlines. Retrieved on 23 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Sabena reborn: SN Brussels-Virgin Express merger 'set to take former Belgian flag carrier brand'." Flight Global. 27 October 2006. Retrieved on 23 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Chevron Phillips. Retrieved on September 6, 2017. "Chevron Phillips Chemical International N.V. Airport Plaza - Stockholm Building Leonardo Da Vincilaan 19 1831 Diegem Belgium"
  6. ^ "Kleuter- en basisonderwijs." Machelen. Retrieved on September 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Secundair onderwijs." Machelen. Retrieved on September 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Home. GISO Machelen. Retrieved on September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Home. Machelen, Retrieved on September 6, 2017.

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