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West Flanders
(Dutch: West-Vlaanderen)
Flag of West Flanders.svg West Vlaanderen wapenschild.jpg
Country Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Capital Bruges
Area 3,125 km²
Population 1,130,040
Density 362 / km²
Governor Paul Breyne
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West Flanders (Dutch: About this sound West-Vlaanderen ) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, also named Flanders, in Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands, the Flemish province of East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) and the Walloon province of Hainaut (Henegouwen) in Belgium, on France, and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). The province has an area of 3,125 km² which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.

The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border, via the port of Ostend (Oostende), to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch frontier.

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Geography

West Flanders consists of the North Sea coast, followed by a very flat polder landscape. Only in the south are some small hills, with the Kemmelberg (159 m) being the highest point in the province. The Leie and IJzer are the main rivers. West Flanders is the only province that borders on both France and The Netherlands.

Industry

In the north of the province, most industry is concentrated in and around the cities of Bruges and Ostend. Both cities also have important seaports: the port of Bruges-Zeebrugge and the port of Ostend.

The south is known for its textile industry, with companies such as Beaulieu and Libeco-Lagae. The region around Kortrijk is called the Dallas of Belgium for its entrepreneurship.

Tourism is also an important industry in West Flanders. Major touristic attractions include the Belgian coast, the historic center of Bruges, and Flanders Fields, the World War I battlefields around Ypres.

List of Governors

Arrondissements

The Province of West Flanders is divided into 8 administrative arrondissements.

Judicial Arrondissements

The Province of West Flanders is divided into 4 judicial arrondissements.

Municipalities

Map of the municipalities in West Flanders

Municipalities that have city status have a (city) behind their name.

1. Alveringem
2. Anzegem
3. Ardooie
4. Avelgem
5. Beernem
6. Blankenberge (city)
7. Bredene
8. Bruges (city)
9. Damme (city)
10. De Haan
11. De Panne
12. Deerlijk
13. Dentergem
14. Diksmuide (city)
15. Gistel (city)
16. Harelbeke (city)
17. Heuvelland
18. Hooglede
19. Houthulst
20. Ichtegem
21. Ypres (Ieper) (city)
22. Ingelmunster

23. Izegem (city)
24. Jabbeke
25. Knokke-Heist
26. Koekelare
27. Koksijde
28. Kortemark
29. Kortrijk (city)
30. Kuurne
31. Langemark-Poelkapelle
32. Ledegem
33. Lendelede
34. Lichtervelde
35. Lo-Reninge (city)
36. Menen (city)
37. Mesen (city)
38. Meulebeke
39. Middelkerke
40. Moorslede
41. Nieuwpoort (city)
42. Ostend (city)
43. Oostkamp

44. Oostrozebeke
45. Oudenburg (city)
46. Pittem
47. Poperinge (city)
48. Roeselare (city)
49. Ruiselede
50. Spiere-Helkijn
51. Staden
52. Tielt (city)
53. Torhout (city)
54. Veurne (city)
55. Vleteren
56. Waregem (city)
57. Wervik (city)
58. Wevelgem
59. Wielsbeke
60. Wingene
61. Zedelgem
62. Zonnebeke
63. Zuienkerke
64. Zwevegem

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Coordinates: 51°00′N 3°00′E / 51°N 3°E / 51; 3

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Europe : Benelux : Belgium : Flanders : West Flanders
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West Flanders is one of the five provinces of Flanders in Belgium.

Talk

Situated in the Flemish part of the country, people speak Dutch (Flemish) here. People won't have a problem explaining in English. You might want to prefer it above French. Some people might be offended if you speak to them in French.

See

The 'Last Post' at the Menin Gate (Menenpoort), Ypres is really worth visiting

Stay safe

Kortrijk and Menen are the only city's where you need to be carefull in some parts of the city.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Proper noun

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West Flanders

  1. The westernmost province of Belgium and Flanders, with capital Bruges.
  2. The larger western part of the historic countship of Flanders, also comprising part of French Flanders (in northern France) and retaining a distinctive type of dialects

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Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, also named Flanders, in Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands, the Flemish province of East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) and the Walloon province of Hainaut (Henegouwen) in Belgium, on France, and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). It has an area of 3,125 km², which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.

It was the site of several significant battles of the western front during World War I, including Messines and Passchendaele.

The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border, via the port of Ostend (Oostende), to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch frontier.

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Industry

The region is known for its textile industry, with companies such as Beaulieu and Libeco-Lagae. The region around Kortrijk is called the Dallas of Belgium for its entrepreneurship. Tourism is also an important industry in West-Flanders, major touristic attractions include the Belgian coast, the historic center of Bruges, and Flanders Fields, the WWI battlefields around Ypres.

List of Governors

  • 1830-1831 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
  • 1832-1834 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
  • 1836-1849 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
  • 1849-1857 : Adolphe de Vrière (Liberal)
  • 1857-1877 : Benoît Vrambout (Liberal)
  • 1877-1878 : Léon Ruzette (Catholic Party)
  • 1878-1883 : Theodore Heyvaert (Liberal)
  • 1883-1884 : Guillaume De Brouwer (Liberal)
  • 1884-1901 : Léon Ruzette (Catholic Party)
  • 1901 : Jean-Baptiste de Bethune (Catholic Party)
  • 1901-1903  : Charles d'Ursel (Catholic Party)
  • 1903-1907 : Jean-Baptiste de Bethune (Catholic Party)
  • 1907-1912 : Albéric Ruzette (Catholic Party)
  • 1912-1933 : Léon Janssens de Bisthoven
  • 1933-1940 : Henri Baels (Catholic Party)
  • 1940-1944 : Michel Bulckaert
  • 1944-1979 : Pierre van Outryve d'Ydewalle (CD&V)
  • 1979 : Leo Vanackere (CD&V)
  • 1979-1997 : Olivier Vanneste (CD&V)
  • 1997-present : Paul Breyne (CD&V)

Arrondissements

Administrative arrondissements

The Province of West Flanders is divided into eight administrative arrondissements.

Judicial arrondissements

The Province of West Flanders is divided into 4 judicial arrondissements.

Municipalities

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Map of the municipalities in West Flanders

Municipalities that have city status have a (city) behind their name here.



1. Alveringem
2. Anzegem
3. Ardooie
4. Avelgem
5. Beernem
6. Blankenberge (city)
7. Bredene
8. Bruges (city)
9. Damme (city)
10. De Haan
11. De Panne
12. Deerlijk
13. Dentergem
14. Diksmuide (city)
15. Gistel (city)
16. Harelbeke (city)
17. Heuvelland
18. Hooglede
19. Houthulst
20. Ichtegem
21. Ypres (Ieper) (city)
22. Ingelmunster

23. Izegem (city)
24. Jabbeke
25. Knokke-Heist
26. Koekelare
27. Koksijde
28. Kortemark
29. Kortrijk (city)
30. Kuurne
31. Langemark-Poelkapelle
32. Ledegem
33. Lendelede
34. Lichtervelde
35. Lo-Reninge (city)
36. Menen (city)
37. Mesen (city)
38. Meulebeke
39. Middelkerke
40. Moorslede
41. Nieuwpoort (city)
42. Ostend (city)
43. Oostkamp

44. Oostrozebeke
45. Oudenburg (city)
46. Pittem
47. Poperinge (city)
48. Roeselare (city)
49. Ruiselede
50. Spiere-Helkijn
51. Staden
52. Tielt (city)
53. Torhout (city)
54. Veurne (city)
55. Vleteren
56. Waregem (city)
57. Wervik (city)
58. Wevelgem
59. Wielsbeke
60. Wingene
61. Zedelgem
62. Zonnebeke
63. Zuienkerke
64. Zwevegem

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West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, also named Flanders, in Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands, the Flemish province of East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) and the Walloon province of Hainaut (Henegouwen) in Belgium, on France, and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). It has an area of 3,125 km² which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.

The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border, via the port of Ostend (Oostende), to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch frontier.


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