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Municipality of Belgium
Flag of Kruibeke
Coat of arms of Kruibeke
Coat of arms
Kruibeke is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°10′N 04°18′E / 51.167°N 4.300°E / 51.167; 4.300Coordinates: 51°10′N 04°18′E / 51.167°N 4.300°E / 51.167; 4.300
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Sint-Niklaas
 • Mayor Antoine Denert
 • Governing party/ies D.E.N.E.R.T.
 • Total 33.42 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 16,028
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal codes 9150
Area codes 03

Kruibeke (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkrœʏ̯beːkə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Bazel, Kruibeke proper and Rupelmonde. On January 1, 2006 Kruibeke had a total population of 15,216. The total area is 33.42 km² which gives a population density of 455 inhabitants per km².

The oldest secular centre of the area is the feudal castle of Wissekerke at Bazel, which was inhabited by the ancient family Vilain until 1989.

The mayor is Antoine Denert. In March 2003 Denert set up the Department of Tenderness to encourage residents to be nicer to each other. Denert worries that "People don't cuddle any more and that's the reason why there are so many conflicts." and announces: "I will set an example and start in my own village by caressing, cuddling and kissing as many people as possible." To his alderman portfolio of duties, until then Work, Environment and Budget, was officially added Tenderness.

As of August 26, 2004, no other civic governments have adopted this idea.

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External links[edit]

  • News item: Belgian mayor sets up Department of Tenderness[1]
  • Official website (Dutch)
    Bazel town, Wissekerke Castle