Middelkerke

Middelkerke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, on the North Sea, west of Ostend. The municipality comprises the villages of Leffinge, Lombardsijde, Mannekensvere, Middelkerke proper, Schore, Sint-Pieters-Kapelle, Slijpe, Westende and Wilskerke. On January 1, 2006, Middelkerke had a total population of 17,841. The total area is 75.65 km² which gives a population density of 236 inhabitants per km².

Middelkerke
Middelkerke town hall
Middelkerke town hall
Flag of Middelkerke
Flag
Coat of arms of Middelkerke
Coat of arms
Middelkerke is located in Belgium
Middelkerke
Middelkerke
Location in Belgium
Location of Middelkerke in West Flanders
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Coordinates: 51°11′N 02°49′E / 51.183°N 2.817°E / 51.183; 2.817Coordinates: 51°11′N 02°49′E / 51.183°N 2.817°E / 51.183; 2.817
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
ArrondissementOstend
Government
 • MayorJana Rommel-Opstaele (Open Vld)
 • Governing party/iesOpen Vld, CD&V
Area
 • Total75.65 km2 (29.21 sq mi)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[1]
 • Total19,371
 • Density260/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postal codes
8430-8434
Area codes059
Websitewww.middelkerke.be

The first reference of 'Middelkerca' is found in 1218. Before 1876 it mainly was a farming settlement.

In 1902, Middlekerke became the world's first municipality to have their drinking water disinfected by continuous chlorination.[2]

SportsEdit

The Noordzeecross is a February cyclo-cross race held in Middelkerke, which is part of the Superprestige.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Disinfection, Chapter 13". MWH's Water Treatment: Principles and Design (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2012. p. 906. doi:10.1002/9781118131473.ch13. ISBN 978-0-470-40539-0.

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