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View of Kelmis
View of Kelmis
Coat of arms of Kelmis
Coat of arms
Kelmis is located in Belgium
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
 • Mayor Louis Goebbels
 • Governing party/ies PFF
 • 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
Church in the centre of Kelmis

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 territory around the Vieille Montagne zinc mine in Kelmis was semi-independent during 1816–1919 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.