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|• Mayor||Herman Vijt (CD&V)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V, VLD|
|• Total||40.21 km2 (15.53 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2017)|
|• Density||620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
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.
- Ferdinand Bracke, cyclist
- Herman Brusselmans, writer
- Kristel Verbeke, singer
- Hanne Verbruggen, singer
- Amaat Joos, Canon and antropologue
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
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