Oostkamp

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Oostkamp
Municipality of Belgium
Oostkamp Rivierbeek
Oostkamp Rivierbeek
Flag of Oostkamp
Flag
Coat of arms of Oostkamp
Coat of arms
Oostkamp is located in Belgium
Oostkamp
Oostkamp
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°09′N 03°14′E / 51.150°N 3.233°E / 51.150; 3.233Coordinates: 51°09′N 03°14′E / 51.150°N 3.233°E / 51.150; 3.233
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Bruges
Government
 • Mayor Luc Vanparys (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V
Area
 • Total 79.65 km2 (30.75 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 22,764
 • Density 290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Postal codes 8020
Area codes 050
Website www.oostkamp.be

Oostkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈ(ʔ)o̞ːs̪t̪kɑmp]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Hertsberge, Oostkamp proper, Ruddervoorde and Waardamme. On January 1, 2014 Oostkamp had a total population of 23.016. The total area is 79.65 km² which gives a population density of 289 inhabitants per km².

History[edit]

The name Oostkamp comes from the Medieval name "Orscamp", meaning place of the horses. The old word ors is identical with the English word horse.

Oostkamp during World War II[edit]

The Canadian 4th Armoured Division liberated the village on 8 September 1944 (World War II) during the Battle of Moerbrugge. A monument was erected by the Ghent-Bruges Canal to honour the 53 Canadian casualties.

Fusion of 1977[edit]

With the Belgian Unity Law the four villages of Oostkamp proper, Hertsberge, Ruddervoorde and Waardamme became the Municipality of Greater Oostkamp

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