is a municipality
located in the Belgian
province of East Flanders
. The municipality comprises the towns of Brakel proper, Elst
, Everbeek, Michelbeke, Nederbrakel, Opbrakel, Parike and Zegelsem. On January 1st, 2000 Brakel had a total population of 13,709 (6,633 males and 7,076 females). The total area is 57.04 km²
which gives a population density
of 240.34 inhabitants per km².