Oostkamp

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Oostkamp
Municipality
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: [ˈoːstkɑmp]) 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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