Flanders

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Flanders

Vlaanderen
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.
CountryBelgium
County of Flanders862–1795
Community in Belgium1970
Region in Belgium1980
SeatBrussels
Government
 • ExecutiveFlemish Government
 • Governing parties (2014–2019)N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld
 • Minister-PresidentGeert Bourgeois (N-VA)
 • LegislatureFlemish Parliament
 • SpeakerJan Peumans (N-VA)
Area
 • Land13,522 km2 (5,221 sq mi)
Population
(1 January 2015)
 • Total6,444,127
 • Density477/km2 (1,240/sq mi)
 • Official language
Dutch
Demonym(s)Flemish (adjective), Fleming (person)
Vlaams (adjective), Vlaming (person)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeBE-VLG
Websitewww.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.