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Zelzate town hall
Zelzate town hall
Flag of Zelzate
Coat of arms of Zelzate
Location of Zelzate
Zelzate is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Zelzate in East Flanders
Coordinates: 51°12′N 03°49′E / 51.200°N 3.817°E / 51.200; 3.817
Country Belgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceEast Flanders
 • MayorBrent Meuleman (Vooruit)
 • Governing party/iesVooruit, PVDA+
 • Total13.77 km2 (5.32 sq mi)
 • Total12,699
 • Density920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Postal codes
NIS code
Area codes09

Zelzate (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzɛlzaːtə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. The municipality only comprises the town of Zelzate proper. In 2021, Zelzate had a total population of 13,124. The total area is 13.71 km2.[2]

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.[3][4] Recently ArcelorMittal Ghent (Sidmar) made a major investment which resulted in an emission decrease of 90%.[citation needed]

Notable citizens

Sister cities

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  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Bevolking per statistische sector - Sector 43018". Statistics Belgium. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ Lucht publicaties H5
  4. ^ Lucht publicaties H7

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