Coat of arms
Location in Belgium
|Coordinates: 51°09′N 02°58′E|
|• Mayor||Bart Halewyck (CD&V)|
|• Governing party/ies||CD&V, N-VA, sp-a|
|• Total||42.25 km2 (16.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||290/km2 (740/sq mi)|
Following local government boundary reforms in 1971 and 1977, the municipality has comprised not only Gistel, but also the towns of Moere, Snaaskerke and Zevekote.
On January 1, 2006 the Gistel municipality had a total registered population of 11,125, of whom more than 8,000 were in Gistel itself. The total area is 42.25 km² which gives a population density of 263 inhabitants per km². The German town of Büdingen is its twin town.
A former mayor, Bart Halewyck, was the first hacker ever convicted in Belgium after the 'Bistel Trial' in 1990. He was already alderman and had to resign after his conviction.
- "Wettelijke Bevolking per gemeente op 1 januari 2018". Statbel. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- "Museum Gistelse Flandriens". De Standaard (in Dutch). 8 April 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- (in French) Joëlle Meskens, "Les pirates du Bistel s'en tirent bien: la farce n'était pas très méchante...", Le Soir, 9 November 1990