|• Mayor||Jan de Keyser (CD&V)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V|
|• Total||79.65 km2 (30.75 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
Oostkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈoːstkɑmp]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of Hertsberge, Oostkamp proper, Ruddervoorde and Waardamme. On January 1, 2014, Oostkamp had a total population of 23.016. The total area is 79.65 km² which gives a population density of 289 inhabitants per km².
The name Oostkamp comes from the Medieval name "Orscamp", meaning place of the horses. The old word ors is a cognate of the English word horse.
Oostkamp during World War II
The Canadian 4th Armoured Division liberated the village on 8 September 1944 (World War II) during the Battle of Moerbrugge. A monument was erected by the Ghent-Bruges Canal to honour the 53 Canadian casualties.
Fusion of 1977
With the Belgian Unity Law the four villages of Oostkamp proper, Hertsberge, Ruddervoorde and Waardamme became the municipality of Greater Oostkamp.
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
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- (in Dutch) Official Website
- (in Dutch) Website of Heemkring Oostkamp: Studygroup of the local customs and folklore of Oostkamp
- (in Dutch) Oostkamp.org: A wiki by citizens - The creators of this wiki try to preserve the friendly character of the municipality.
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