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Ghent

NameGhent
Gent  
PictureBelfortGent.jpg
Picture-width270
Picture-legendBelfry of Ghent. Behind it the Saint Nicholas church is visible.
Map-legendGhent in the province of East Flanders
ArmsWapen van Gent.jpg
FlagGentseVlag.svg
Region 
Community 
Province 
ArrondissementGhent
Nis44021
Pyramid-date01 January 2006
0-1920.92
20-6461.21
6517.88
Foreigners7.31
Foreigners-date01 July 2005
MayorDaniël Termont (sp.a)
List Of MayorsList of mayors of Ghent
Majoritysp.a, Open VLD, Pro Gent
Partiessp.a
VLD
Pro Gent
Vlaams Belang
CD&V
Groen!
independent
Seats51
14
11
2
9
7
4
1
Sections-nameGent
Mariakerke
Drongen
Wondelgem
Sint-Amandsberg
Oostakker
Desteldonk
Mendonk
Sint-Kruis-Winkel
Gentbrugge
Ledeberg
Afsnee
Sint-Denijs-Westrem
Zwijnaarde
Sectionspostal9000
9030
9031
9032
9040
9041
9042
9042
9042
9050
9050
9051
9051
9052
Postal-codes9000 9052
Telephone-area09
Webwww.gent.be
Lat Deg51
Lat Min3
Lon Deg3
Lon Min44

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Ghent (-enˈɡɛnt; , -nlʝɛntpron; , -frɡɑ̃pron; and formerly Gaunt in English; from the Classic Latin term Candia or Gandia meaning landlock by the confluence of rivers by the union of the Celtic term "Cand" and Latin "ia" land) is a city and a municipality located in the Flemish region of Belgium. It is the capital and biggest city of the East Flanders province. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the Rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. Today it is a busy city with a port and a university. Although many of Belgium's visitors overlook Ghent, its beauty is often compared to the more well-known Bruges.

The municipality comprises the city of Ghent proper and the towns of Afsnee, Desteldonk, Drongen, Gentbrugge, Ledeberg, Mariakerke, Mendonk, Oostakker, Sint-Amandsberg, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Wondelgem and Zwijnaarde. With 240,191 inhabitants in the beginning of 2009, Ghent is Belgium's second largest municipality by number of inhabitants. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1205 km2 (1205000000 m2) and has a total population of 594,582 as of 1 January 2008, which ranks it as the fourth most populous in Belgium. The current mayor of Ghent, Daniël Termont, leads a coalition of the sp.a, Open VLD and Pro Gent.

Every year the ten-day-long "Ghent Festival" (Gentse Feesten in Dutch) is held. About two million visitors attend every year.


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