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Zelzate town hall
Zelzate town hall
Flag of Zelzate
Coat of arms of Zelzate
Coat of arms
Zelzate is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 51°12′N 03°49′E / 51.200°N 3.817°E / 51.200; 3.817Coordinates: 51°12′N 03°49′E / 51.200°N 3.817°E / 51.200; 3.817
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province East Flanders
Arrondissement Eeklo
 • Mayor Frank Bruggman(VLD)
 • Governing party/ies N-VA, VLD
 • Total 13.71 km2 (5.29 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 12,490
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Postal codes 9060
Area codes 09
Website www.zelzate.be

Zelzate (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzɛlzaːtə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality only comprises the town of Zelzate proper. On January 1, 2006, Zelzate had a total population of 12,176. The total area is 13.71 km² which gives a population density of 888 inhabitants per km².

Zelzate is divided into two parts by the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. There is a concrete drawbridge and a tunnel to connect the two sides. Zelzate is known for the nearby polluting industry, which makes it the village with the lowest air quality in the country.[2][3] Recently ArcelorMittal Ghent (Sidmar) made a major investment which resulted in an emission decrease of 90%.

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