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Antwerp (city)

Antwerp (Antwerpen in Dutch; Anvers in French) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp, of which it is the capital. The municipality comprises the the city of Antwerp proper and the towns of Berchem[?], Berendrecht[?], Borgerhout[?], Deurne, Ekeren[?], Hoboken[?], Merksem[?], Wilrijk[?] and Zandvliet[?]. On January 1st, 2000 Antwerp had a total population of 446,525 (216,580 males and 229,945 females). The total area is 203.80 km² which gives a population density of 2,191.00 inhabitants per km².

Antwerp is notable as a centre of the diamond industry, both for trading and for cutting and polishing. Antwerp is also famous for its seaport with a lot of cargo shipping. Since the 1990s it has been recognized as a fashion design city, namely because of some graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine arts - Fashion, became internationally successful.

The river Schelde passes throught Antwerp. Antwerp is a major port, linked to the North Sea by the Schelde and the Westerschelde.

Antwerp is also notable for its zoo[?], which is one of the oldest and most famous zoos in the world. The Antwerp Zoo is located in the middle of the city and hosts more than 4000 animals. The Royal Society for Zoology has been watching over the welfare of numerous animals and helping to protect threatened animals for more than 100 years.

Antwerp is nicknamed "The Jerusalem of the West" because of its large orthodox Jewish (hasidic) community.

Antwerp Stadhuis (Town Hall) in Grote Markt[?]

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