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Oarlbeke  (West Flemish)
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Flag of Harelbeke
Coat of arms of Harelbeke
Harelbeke is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Harelbeke in West-Flanders
Harelbeke West-Flanders Belgium Map.svg
Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E / 50.850°N 3.300°E / 50.850; 3.300Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E / 50.850°N 3.300°E / 50.850; 3.300
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
 • MayorAlain Top (Vooruit-Groen)
 • Governing party/iesVooruit-Groen, CD&V
 • Total29.14 km2 (11.25 sq mi)
 • Total27,886
 • Density960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Postal codes
8530, 8531
Area codes056

Harelbeke (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦaːrəlbeːkə]; West Flemish: Oarlbeke) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Harelbeke proper and the towns of Bavikhove and Hulste. On January 1, 2019, Harelbeke had a total population of 28,447. The total area is 29.14 km² which gives a population density of 898 inhabitants per km². Inhabitants consider their hometown to be a "Weireldstad" (metropolis), which also led to a monthly "Harelbekedag" amongst the students of Harelbeke studying in Ghent.[citation needed]

In Harelbeke a museum remembers the life and work of musician and composer Peter Benoit, called the Peter Benoit Huis.[2]

Famous natives[edit]

Harelbeke New British Cemetery[edit]

This cemetery is located just outside the downtown of Harelbeke and was designed by Willian Harrison Cowlishaw[3] and contains the graves of 1126 Commonwealth soldiers who died during WWI (1055 from the UK, 26 from Canada, 7 from Australia, 4 from South Africa and 3 from Newfoundland). In addition 10 British soldiers who died during WWII are buried here.


Harelbeke has, since 1958, been the start and finish place of the E3 Harelbeke, a semi classic cycling race held the week before the Tour of Flanders.

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen, Stedelijk Museum Peter Benoît (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Web page describing the cemetery with special remarks on some Australian soldiers who have been buried here (in Dutch)". Archived from the original on 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-01-21.

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