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View of Kelmis
View of Kelmis
Flag of Kelmis
Coat of arms of Kelmis
Coat of arms
Kelmis is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°00′E / 50.700°N 6.000°E / 50.700; 6.000Coordinates: 50°42′N 06°00′E / 50.700°N 6.000°E / 50.700; 6.000
Country Belgium
Community German-speaking Community
Region Wallonia
Province Liège
Arrondissement Verviers
 • Mayor Louis Goebbels
 • Governing party/ies PFF
 • Total 18.12 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 10,874
 • Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Postal codes 4720–4728
Area codes 087

Kelmis (French: La Calamine) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. On January 1, 2006, Kelmis had a total population of 10,396. The total area is 18.12 km² which gives a population density of 574 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Kelmis proper, Hergenrath, and Neu-Moresnet.

The territory around the Vieille Montagne zinc mine in Kelmis was a neutral condominium of Netherlands and Prussia (later Belgium and Germany) from 1816 to 1919 as Neutral Moresnet, with the Mayor of Kelmis being nominated by two commissionners from the neighbouring countries. Although there were attempts by locals at making it evolve into a fully independent microstate, all of them were thwarted and it remained under double-sovereignty and neutrality until its eventual annexation by Belgium after World War I.

In the nineteenth century a Low Dietsch dialect was spoken in Kelmis. Today Kelmis is bilingual: German and French and one of the nine municipalities of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Church in the centre of Kelmis

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  • Media related to Kelmis at Wikimedia Commons