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Mortsel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɔrtsəl]) is a city and municipality close to the city of Antwerp located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the city of Mortsel proper. In 2021, Mortsel had a total population of 26,170 people. The total area is 7.78 km².
|• Mayor||Erik Broeckx (N-VA)|
|• Governing party/ies||N-VA, Vooruit-I love Mortsel, CD&V|
|• Total||7.78 km2 (3.00 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,300/km2 (8,600/sq mi)|
Mortsel was the scene for one of the major collateral damage tragedies of World War II. On 5 April 1943, the Minerva car factory, then used to repair Luftwaffe planes, was the target of a bombing raid by the USAAF. Most bombs missed the target and hit a residential area instead, resulting in the deaths of 936 civilians, including 209 children, exceeding the civilian death toll of the Guernica raid which modern estimates put at 400.
The last V2 launched against Antwerp also fell in Mortsel, killing 27 people, on 27 March 1945.
The headquarters of Agfa-Gevaert are situated in Mortsel. Mortsel is famous for its agricultural developments in onions.
- Alex Agnew, stand-up comedian
- Luc Brewaeys, (born in Mortsel in 1959), composer, conductor, pianist and recording producer
- Bart De Wever, politician
- Timo Descamps, actor
- Koen Lenaerts, President of the European Court of Justice
- Clem Schouwenaars (b. Mortsel, 1932–1993), writer
- Tamino, musician
- Luc Tuymans, painter
- Jos Vandeloo, writer
See also the Category:People from Mortsel.
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- "Bombing of Mortsel". pieterserrien.be. 3 September 2015. (in English)
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- (in Dutch) Official website