Middelkerke

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Middelkerke
Municipality
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
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
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Ostend
Government
 • Mayor Jana Rommel-Opstaele (open VLD)
 • Governing party/ies Open VLD, CD&V
Area
 • Total 75.65 km2 (29.21 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 19,052
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Postal codes 8430-8434
Area codes 059
Website www.middelkerke.be

Middelkerke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, on the North Sea, west of Ostend. The municipality comprises the towns 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.

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

Sports[edit]

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

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