Harelbeke (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, 2006, Harelbeke had a total population of 26,172. 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", which also led to a monthly "Harelbekedag" amongst the students of Harelbeke who are studying in Ghent


(West Flemish: Oarlbeke)


Coat of arms
Location in Belgium
Location of Harelbeke in West-Flanders
Coordinates: 50°51′N 03°18′E
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
  MayorAlain Top (sp.a-Groen)
  Governing party/iessp.a-Groen, N-VA, Open Vld
  Total29.14 km2 (11.25 sq mi)
  Density960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Postal codes
8530, 8531
Area codes056

In Harelbeke a museum remembers of his life and work, called the Stedelijk Museum "Peter Benoit".[2]

Famous natives

Harelbeke New British Cemetery

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


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