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Vlaanderen  (Dutch)
Flag of Flanders
Coat of arms of Flanders
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.
County of Flanders862–1795
Community in Belgium1970
Region in Belgium1980
 • ExecutiveFlemish Government
 • Governing parties (2019–2024)N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld
 • Minister-PresidentJan Jambon (N-VA)
 • LegislatureFlemish Parliament
 • SpeakerLiesbeth Homans (N-VA)
 • Land13,626 km2 (5,261 sq mi)
 (1 January 2022)
 • Total6,698,876 [1][2]
 • Density492/km2 (1,270/sq mi)
 • Official language
Demonym(s)Flemish (adjective), Fleming (person)
Vlaams (adjective), Vlaming (person)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeBE-VLG
The area and population figures are given for the Flemish Region, not the Community.

Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen, French: Anvers, German: Flandern, Limburgish: Vlaondere, West Flemish: Vloandern) or Flemish Region (Dutch: Vlaams Gewest), is the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium.[3]

Their version of the Dutch language is usually called Flemish (Dutch: Vlaams).[4] Its vocabulary and pronunciation is not identical with Dutch as spoken in Holland.

Flanders has five provinces and 300 municipalities. About seven million people live there. Its capital is Brussels, which is also the capital of Belgium..

There are some other differences from the rest of Belgium. related to culture, politics and history.

Provinces[change | change source]

Flanders has five provinces:

Province Capital Population
Antwerp Antwerp 1,886,609 2,876 656
Flemish Brabant Leuven 1,173,440 2,118 554
Limburg Hasselt 885,951 2,427 365
East Flanders Ghent 1,543,865 3,007 513
West Flanders Bruges 1,209,011 3,197 378

Related pages[change | change source]

Flanders (or Flemish Region) is one of three regions in Belgium. The other two regions are:

References[change | change source]

  1. Population, Statbel
  2. Area, Statbel
  3. (Dutch: Vlaanderen [ˈvlaːndərə(n)]  ( listen), French: Flandre [flɑ̃dʁ], German: Flandern, [flɑndɛɹn]
  4. Actually, Flemish is only the dialect of the provinces of West and East Flanders.

Other websites[change | change source]

Provinces of Flanders