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This article relates to the Belgian coastal town of Blankenberge. For German towns with the near-homophonous names, see Blankenberg or Blankenburg
Blankenberge beach on a hot summer day
Blankenberge beach on a hot summer day
Flag of Blankenberge
Coat of arms of Blankenberge
Coat of arms
Blankenberge is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°18′N 03°07′E / 51.300°N 3.117°E / 51.300; 3.117Coordinates: 51°18′N 03°07′E / 51.300°N 3.117°E / 51.300; 3.117
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Bruges
 • Mayor Patrick De Klerck (Open VLD)
 • Governing party/ies Open VLD, CD&V
 • Total 17.41 km2 (6.72 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 19,337
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Postal codes 8370
Area codes 050

Blankenberge ([ˈblɑŋkəmbɛrɣə]) is a town and a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the town of Blankenberge proper and the settlement of Uitkerke.

On 1 December 2014, Blankenberge had a total population of 19,897. The total area of the municipality is 17.41 km², giving a population density of 1,142 inhabitants per km².

Like most other Flemish coastal towns, a main characteristic of this one is that it is a national and to a certain extent international seaside resort.

Apart from the sandy beach, there's a structure unique along the Belgian coast: a 350-m long pier, constructed in 1933.

Famous events[edit]

  • Carnival Parade
  • Two Day Marching event, every first weekend of May[2]
  • Klankenberge
  • Flower Parade (Bloemencorso), every last Sunday of August

Famous inhabitants[edit]

  • Pieter Aspe, Belgian writer.
  • Adolf Eugen Fick, physician and physiologist, died in Blankenberge in 1901.
  • Frans Masereel, Flemish painter and woodcutter born here in 1889.
  • Leo Van Paemel, artist born (and later buried) in Blankenberge.
  • Rudi Pillen (nl),[3] Belgian contemporary painter.
  • Brian Vandenbussche, Belgian goalkeeper.
  • Nicolas Scherpenseels, Belgian ladiesman.
  • Wing Commander Roy George Claringbould Arnold MiD RAF 29198 is buried in the CWG Cemetery Row A Grave 18. On 9 June 1941 Arnold saved the lives of his five man Wellington crew from IX Squadron (including Flt Lt Dominic Bruce OBE MC AFM KSG MA the 'Medium Sized Man' of Coldtiz fame by calmly staying at the controls of the burning plane to hold it steady while they baled out, in the certain knowledge that he would die doing so.,%20ROY%20GEORGE%20CLARINGBOULD


Blankenberge has schools from both school networks in Belgium. The two secondary schools are:

Both schools have numeral different elementary schools organized by the same instances.


Blankenberge railway station was opened in 1863. Trains operated by NMBS run towards Brussels, and the Kusttram run by De Lijn runs along the Belgian coast of the North Sea.


Twin towns[edit]

Blankenberge is twinned with:[4]

Every year a couple of students from Japan visit Blankenberge and live with families over here. Afterworth students from Blankenberge go and visit Chikura for eight days.[5] This is organised by vzw ‘Tweedaagse Voettocht van Blankenberge’.


  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ "Two-Day Walk successful in spite of bad weather". 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Embassy of Japan in Belgium - Japan-Belgium Relations". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ fonzarelli (2010-08-14). "Blankenberge-Online-Persberichten". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 

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