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Moerbeke is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°10′N 03°56′E / 51.167°N 3.933°E / 51.167; 3.933Coordinates: 51°10′N 03°56′E / 51.167°N 3.933°E / 51.167; 3.933
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Ghent
 • Mayor Robby De Caluwé (Open Vld)
 • Governing party/ies Open Vld
 • Total 37.80 km2 (14.59 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 6,328
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Postal codes 9180
Area codes 09, 03

Moerbeke (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌmuːrbeːkə]) is a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders. It is sometimes unofficially called Moerbeke-Waas (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌmuːrbeːkə ˈʋaːs]) to distinguish between this place and Moerbeke in Geraardsbergen.[2] The municipality only comprises the town of Moerbeke proper. On January 1, 2006, Moerbeke had a total population of 5,844. The total area is 37.80 km² which gives a population density of 155 inhabitants per km².

Moerbeke was known very well for its sugar refinery.

It is thought to have been the hometown of William of Moerbeke, who as Bishop of Corinth produced a new translation into Latin of the works of Aristotle, including certain which had been rediscovered from Arab sources, in the late 13th century.

Unique is the political situation: since 1847 the liberal party has an absolute majority. The current mayor is Robby De Caluwé. The previous mayer was Filip Marin.

The aldermen are Pierre De Bock, Marc Fruytier, Thierry Walbrecht, Sarah Poppe and Rudy Van Megroot (all Open Vld).

The members of the council are Frederic Dierinck, Inge Mertens, Koen Mertens and Jonas Vandamme for Open Vld, Steven Aper for N-VA, Lut Vandevijver, Marnik Cooreman and Guido Van Hoecke for CD&V and Etienne Coppens and Chantal Francis for SP.a-Groen , Christophe Clerc (formerly N-VA) and Kristof Van Poucke (formerly N-VA) now both independent



  1. ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. ^ "Algemene info: Cijfers en weetjes". Gemeente Moerbeke. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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