Zelzate is a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders. Notoriety she gained in that they received the 1972 Europe Prize.

Zelzate has 12,491 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2012) and extends over an area of ​​13.71 km ², resulting in a population density of 911 inhabitants per km ².


Zelzate is a heavily industrialized community. In the city itself there is a chemical plant of the company Rhodia. Due to the industrial action numerous groups emerged from the impurities. Especially in recent years, attempts to reduce the pollution was, among other things, the steel operation ArcelorMittal ( formerly Sidmar ) invested large sums in order to implement measures to reduce pollutant emissions.

Sons and daughters of the community

  • René Vermandel (1893-1958), cyclist


Zelzate is in partnership with the cities of