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Aerial view of Mortsel
Aerial view of Mortsel
Flag of Mortsel
Coat of arms of Mortsel
Coat of arms
Mortsel is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°10′N 04°28′E / 51.167°N 4.467°E / 51.167; 4.467Coordinates: 51°10′N 04°28′E / 51.167°N 4.467°E / 51.167; 4.467
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province Antwerp
Arrondissement Antwerp
 • Mayor Ingrid Pira (Groen!)
 • Governing party/ies Groen!, CD&V, VLAM, VLD
 • Total 7.78 km2 (3.00 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 25,143
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 2640
Area codes 03

Mortsel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɔrtsəl]) is a city and municipality close to the city of Antwerp located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. The municipality only comprises the city of Mortsel proper. On January 1, 2006 Mortsel had a total population of 24,427 people. The total area is 7.78 km² which gives a population density of 3,138 inhabitants per km². This is the highest population density of any municipality in the Flemish Region (Flanders), and second-highest (to Saint-Nicolas) outside the Brussels-Capital Region.


The city consists of the areas Mortsel-Dorp, Oude-God and Luithagen. Mortsel is bordered by Antwerp (districts Wilrijk, Berchem and Deurne), Borsbeek, Boechout, Hove, and Edegem.


Mortsel was the scene for one of the major collateral damage tragedies of World War II. On April 5, 1943, the bombing of the Minerva car factory, then used to repair Luftwaffe planes, was the target of a big bombing raid by the Allies. Unfortunately the target was missed and a residential area hit instead, resulting in the deaths of 936 civilians, including 209 children, exceeding the civilian death toll of the Guernica raid which modern estimates put at 400.[2]

The last V2 launched against Antwerp also fell in Mortsel, killing 27 people, on March 27, 1945.


The headquarters of Agfa-Gevaert are situated in Mortsel. Mortsel is famous for its delicious onions.

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