) is a municipality
located in the Belgian
province of West Flanders
. The municipality comprises the city of Ostend proper and the towns of Mariakerke, Stene and Zandvoorde.
On January 1st, 2000 Ostend had a total population of 67,279 (32,248 males and 35,031 females). The total area is 38.17 km² which gives a population density of 1762.61 inhabitants per km².