Hamme

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Hamme
Municipality
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Flag of Hamme
Flag
Coat of arms of Hamme
Coat of arms
Hamme is located in Belgium
Hamme
Hamme
Location in Belgium
Location of Hamme in East Flanders
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Coordinates: 51°05′N 04°08′E / 51.083°N 4.133°E / 51.083; 4.133Coordinates: 51°05′N 04°08′E / 51.083°N 4.133°E / 51.083; 4.133
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Dendermonde
Government
 • Mayor Herman Vijt (CD&V)
 • Governing party/ies CD&V, VLD
Area
 • Total 40.21 km2 (15.53 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 24,767
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Postal codes 9220
Area codes 052
Website www.hamme.be

Hamme (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɑmə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Hamme proper, Kastel Moerzeke, St-Anna and Zogge. On March 18, 2010, Hamme had a total population of 24,026. The total area is 40.21 km² which gives a population density of 578 inhabitants per km². The current mayor of Hamme is Herman Vijt, from the CD&V (Christian Democratic) party.

Hamme also has its own legends. The most famous one is the legend of the "Hamse Wuiten". The people of Hamme are also called Hamse Wuitens. The "Hamse wuiten" is also the main mascot in a streetparade at the end of March every year. The inhabitants dress up and build big trucks with funny giant puppets, making fun of local and national politicians and scandals.

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