Kelmis

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Kelmis
Municipality
View of Kelmis
View of Kelmis
Flag of Kelmis
Flag
Coat of arms of Kelmis
Coat of arms
Kelmis is located in Belgium
Kelmis
Kelmis
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°00′E / 50.700°N 6.000°E / 50.700; 6.000Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°00′E / 50.700°N 6.000°E / 50.700; 6.000
Country Belgium
Community German-speaking Community
Region Wallonia
Province Liège
Arrondissement Verviers
Government
 • Mayor Louis Goebbels
 • Governing party/ies PFF
Area
 • Total 18.12 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 10,874
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Postal codes 4720–4728
Area codes 087
Website www.kelmis.be

Kelmis (in French: La Calamine) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. On January 1, 2006, Kelmis had a total population of 10,396. The total area is 18.12 km² which gives a population density of 574 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Kelmis proper, Hergenrath, and Neu-Moresnet.

The territory around the Vieille Montagne zinc mine in Kelmis was semi-independent from 1816 to 1919 as Neutral Moresnet, with the Mayor of Kelmis as head of state.

In the nineteenth century a Low Dietsch dialect was spoken in Kelmis. Today Kelmis is bilingual: German and French and one of the nine municipalities of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Church in the centre of Kelmis

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  • Media related to Kelmis at Wikimedia Commons