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Izegem Sint-Tillokerk ext-01.JPG
Flag of Izegem
Coat of arms of Izegem
Location of Izegem
Izegem is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Izegem in West Flanders
Izegem West-Flanders Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°55′N 03°12′E / 50.917°N 3.200°E / 50.917; 3.200Coordinates: 50°55′N 03°12′E / 50.917°N 3.200°E / 50.917; 3.200
Country Belgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
 • MayorBert Maertens (NV-A)
 • Governing party/iesNV-A, CD&V
 • Total25.63 km2 (9.90 sq mi)
 • Total28,845
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Postal codes
Area codes051

Izegem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈizəɣɛm]; West Flemish: Yzegem) is a city and municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Izegem proper and the towns of Emelgem and Kachtem. Emelgem was added to Izegem in 1965, Kachtem in 1977. Izegem itself lies on the southern banks of the Mandel, Emelgem and Kachtem on the north. Along the shores of the canal a large industrial zone has developed, which made the three municipalities one urban area. On January 1, 2006, Izegem had a total population of 26,544. The total area is 25.48 km2 (9.84 sq mi) which gives a population density of 1,042 inhabitants per km².

Izegem is also known as the pekkerstad, borstelstad or schoenenstad. The river Mandel and the canal Roeselare–Leie run throughout the city. Izegem used to be famous for its shoe- and brush-making. Today there are only a few factories left, but the city houses a shoe- and brush museum. Until the 1920s, Izegem was often spelled Iseghem, which can be found on old passport applications,[2] birth records, and gazetteers.[3] The Van Iseghem surname originally referred to this city.

# Name Area (km2) Population
I Izegem 14,88  
II Kachtem 5,17  
III Emelgem 5,44  

Izegem shares borders with the following villages and towns:

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2022". Statbel.
  2. ^ Ancestry.com (paid subscription site) - U.S. Passport Application for Joseph Alfons Depuydt, 19 July 1921 (accessed 15 Jan 2016)
  3. ^ https://archive.org/details/chamberssconcise00patruoft Iseghem (Ee'ze-khem), a town of Belgium, 10 miles by rail N. by W. of Courtrai. Pop. 12,200. Chambers's Concise Gazetteer Of The World, by David Patrick. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, 1906.
  4. ^ "BBC Arena - The Private Dirk Bogarde". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  5. ^ Coldstream, John Dirk Bogarde, the Authorised Biography. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2004, pages 24-25, 40, 114-115, 392, 451-452, 477.
  6. ^ De Forche, Christian De Izegemse roots van Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999). Ten Mandere, 2001/1, p. 20-26.

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