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Flemish Region
Vlaams Gewest
—  Region of Belgium  —

Flag

Coat of arms
Anthem: De Vlaamse Leeuw
Country Belgium
Capital Brussels
Government
 - Minister-President Kris Peeters
Area
 - Total 13,522 km2 (5,220.9 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)[1]
 - Total 6,161,600
Demographics
 - Languages Dutch
ISO 3166 code BE-VLG
Celebration Day July 11
Website www.flanders.be

The Flemish Region (Dutch: About this sound Vlaams Gewest ) is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium– alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region. It occupies the northern part of Belgium and has a surface area of 13,522 km² (44.29% of Belgium).

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Politics

Immediately after its establishment, the region transferred all its constitutional competencies to the Flemish Community. The current Flemish authorities (Flemish parliament, Flemish government) therefore represent all the Flemish people, including those living in the Brussels-Capital Region. Hence, the Flemish Region is governed by the Flemish Community institutions. However, members of the Flemish Community parliament who were elected in Brussels-Capital Region, have no right to vote on Flemish regional affairs.

Administrative divisions

The Flemish region comprises 5 provinces (the provinces contain a total of 308 municipalities):

  1. Antwerp (Dutch: Antwerpen)
  2. Limburg (Limburg)
  3. East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen)
  4. Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant)
  5. West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen)

Brussels is sometimes considered a part of Flanders, but only for its Flemish inhabitants and local institutions, who are in both the region of Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region. Brussels is also the official capital of Flanders.

Cities

Largest cities in the region include (with population figures in 2007): [1]

Language

The official language is Dutch, often referred to by its inhabitants as Flemish. French may be used for certain administrative purposes in a limited number of the so-called "municipalities with language facilities" around the Brussels Capital Region and on the border with Wallonia.

Education

See also

References

  1. ^ "Structuur van de bevolking—België / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest / Vlaams Gewest / Waals Gewest / De 25 bevolkingsrijkste gemeenten (2000–2006)" (in Dutch) (asp). Belgian Federal Government Service (ministry) of Economy—Directorate-general Statistics Belgium. © 1998/2007. http://statbel.fgov.be/figures/d21_nl.asp#2. Retrieved 2008-10-31.  

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Coordinates: 51°00′N 4°30′E / 51°N 4.5°E / 51; 4.5


Simple English

[[File:|right|The territory of Flanders]] Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen) is a region in the north of Belgium. The other region is Wallonia. The official language is Dutch, sometimes called Flemish. Flanders has 5 provinces. About 7 million people live there. Its capital is Brussels.


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