Aalter

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Aalter
Municipality
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Flag of Aalter
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Coat of arms of Aalter
Coat of arms
Aalter is located in Belgium
Aalter
Aalter
Location in Belgium
Location of Aalter in East Flanders
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Coordinates: 51°05′N 03°27′E / 51.083°N 3.450°E / 51.083; 3.450Coordinates: 51°05′N 03°27′E / 51.083°N 3.450°E / 51.083; 3.450
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Ghent
Government
 • Mayor Pieter De Crem (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V
Area
 • Total 81.92 km2 (31.63 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 20,296
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Postal codes 9880
Area codes 09
Website www.aalter.be

Aalter (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːltər]) is a municipality located between Bruges and Ghent in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Aalter, Bellem, Lotenhulle and Poeke. It is bordered on the north by Knesselare, on the east by Zomergem and Nevele, on the south by Deinze, and on the west by the province of West Flanders. On January 1, 2007, Aalter had a total population of 18,887. The total area is 81.92 km² which gives a population density of 231 inhabitants per km². The mayor is Pieter De Crem.

Effective 1 January 2019, the municipality of Knesselare will be merged into Aalter.

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