Flanders

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Flanders
Vlaanderen
Community and region of Belgium
Flag of Flanders
Flag
Coat of arms of Flanders
Coat of arms
Anthem: De Vlaamse Leeuw
("The Flemish Lion")
Flanders shown within Belgium and Europe
Present-day Belgian Flanders (dark green) shown within Belgium and Europe. Brussels is in some contexts considered part of Flanders and in other contexts separate.
Country Belgium
County of Flanders 862–1795
Community in Belgium 1970
Region in Belgium 1980
Seat Brussels
Government
 • Executive Flemish Government
 • Governing parties (2014–2019) N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld
 • Minister-President Geert Bourgeois (N-VA)
 • Legislature Flemish Parliament
 • Speaker Jan Peumans (N-VA)
Area
 • Land 13,522 km2 (5,221 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2015)
 • Total 6,444,127
 • Density 477/km2 (1,240/sq mi)
 • Official language Dutch
Demonym(s) Flemish (adjective), Fleming (person)
Vlaams (adjective), Vlaming (person)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code BE-VLG
Website www.vlaanderen.be
The area and population figures are given for the Flemish Region, not the Community.

Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen [ˈvlaːndərə(n)]  ( listen), French: Flandre [flɑ̃dʁ], German: Flandern, [flɑndɛɹn]) is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium, although there are several overlapping definitions, including ones related to culture, language, politics and history.