De Haan, Belgium

De Haan (French: Le Coq; West Flemish: D'n Oane) is a place and a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the villages of De Haan proper, Klemskerke, Vlissegem and Wenduine. On January 1, 2006 De Haan had a total population of 11,925. The total area is 42.17 km² (26.2 Miles) which gives a population density of 283 inhabitants per km².

De Haan


Coat of arms
De Haan
Location in Belgium
Location of De Haan in West Flanders
Coordinates: 51°16′N 03°02′E
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
  MayorWilfried Vandaele
  Governing party/iesOpen & N-VA / Vooruit!
  Total42.17 km2 (16.28 sq mi)
  Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Postal codes
8420, 8421
Area codes059 - 050

The coastal village of De Haan proper has maintained a low skyline so its many buildings in Belle Époque style are still prominently visible.

The town has an 18-hole golf course situated in its dunes, founded by King Leopold II in 1903. Today, it is the only links course in the country.

Its most famous resident was Albert Einstein, who lived in the villa "Savoyarde" for six months in 1933 after leaving Nazi Germany.


Women's volleyball club Volley De Haan plays at the highest level of the Belgian league pyramid.


De Haan has stations on The Coast Tram.


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