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Flag of Harelbeke
Coat of arms of Harelbeke
Coat of arms
Harelbeke is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E / 50.850°N 3.300°E / 50.850; 3.300Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E / 50.850°N 3.300°E / 50.850; 3.300
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Kortrijk
 • Mayor Alain Top (sp.a-Groen)
 • Governing party/ies sp.a-Groen, N-VA, Open Vld
 • Total 29.14 km2 (11.25 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 27,536
 • Density 940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 8530, 8531
Area codes 056
Website www.harelbeke.be

Harelbeke (West Flemish: Oarlbeke) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Harelbeke proper and the towns of Bavikhove and Hulste. On January 1, 2006, Harelbeke had a total population of 26,172. The total area is 29.14 km² which gives a population density of 898 inhabitants per km². Inhabitants consider their hometown to be a "Weireldstad", which also led to a monthly "Harelbekedag" amongst the students of Harelbeke who are studying in Ghent

Famous natives[edit]

Harelbeke New British Cemetery[edit]

This cemetery is located just outside the downtown of Harelbeke and was designed by Willian Harrison Cowlishaw[2] and contains the graves of 1126 Commonwealth soldiers who died during WWI (1055 from the UK, 26 from Canada, 7 from Australia, 4 from South Africa and 3 from Newfoundland). In addition 10 British soldiers who died during WWII are buried here.


Harelbeke has, since 1958, been the start and finish place of the E3 Harelbeke, a semi classic cycling race held the week before the Tour of Flanders.

Twin towns[edit]


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