Middelkerke town hall


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

Coordinates: 51°11′N 02°49′E / 51.183°N 2.817°E / 51.183; 2.817Coordinates: 51°11′N 02°49′E / 51.183°N 2.817°E / 51.183; 2.817
Country Belgium
Community Flemish Community
Region Flemish Region
Province West Flanders
Arrondissement Ostend
  Mayor Jana Rommel-Opstaele (Open Vld)
  Governing party/ies Open Vld, CD&V
  Total 75.65 km2 (29.21 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 19,262
  Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postal codes 8430-8434
Area codes 059
Website www.middelkerke.be

Middelkerke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, on the North Sea, west of Ostend. The municipality comprises the villages of Leffinge, Lombardsijde, Mannekensvere, Middelkerke proper, Schore, Sint-Pieters-Kapelle, Slijpe, Westende and Wilskerke. On January 1, 2006, Middelkerke had a total population of 17,841. The total area is 75.65 km² which gives a population density of 236 inhabitants per km².

The first reference of 'Middelkerca' is found in 1218. Before 1876 it mainly was a farming settlement.


The Noordzeecross is a February cyclo-cross race held in Middelkerke, which is part of the Superprestige.


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