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is a municipality
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located in the Belgian
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province of West Flanders
. The municipality comprises the villages of Aartrijke, Loppem, Veldegem and Zedelgem proper. On January 1, 2006 Zedelgem had a total population of 21,835. The total area is 60.34 km² which gives a population density
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of 362 inhabitants per km².
Zedelgem and the surrounding area was home to a number of prisoner-of-war camp
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towards the end of World War II
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. The camps were disbanded and prisoners released after the war.