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This airticle is aboot the present-day region o Belgium an aw kent as Flanders. For a wider context, see Flanders.
Flemish Region
Vlaams Gewest
Region
Vlaams Gewest

Flag
Anthem: De Vlaamse Leeuw
Kintra Belgium
Seat o the Parliament Brussels (but is no a pairt o the Flemish Region)
Government
 • Meenister-Preses Kris Peeters
Area
 • Total 13,522 km2 (5,221 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 6,350,765
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Leids Dutch
ISO 3166 code BE-VLG
Celebration Day 11 Julie
Website www.flanders.be

The Flemish Region (Dutch: Aboot this soond Vlaams Gewest ) is ane o the three offeecial regions o the Kingdom o Belgium—alangside the Wallonie an the Brussels-Caipital Region. Colloquially, it is uisually simply referred tae as Flanders, o which it is the institutional incarnation athin the context o the Belgian poleetical seestem. It occupees the northren pairt o Belgium an haes a surface aurie o 13,522 km² (44.29% o Belgium). It is ane o the maist densely populatit regions o Europe wi aroond 455 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Politics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Immediately efter its establishment, the region transferred aw its constitutional competencies tae the Flemish Community. The current Flemish authorities (Flemish Parliament, Flemish Govrenment) therefore represent aw the Flemish fowk, includin those livin in the Brussels-Caipital Region. Hence, the Flemish Region is govrened bi the Flemish Community institutions. Housomeivver, members o the Flemish Community parliament who wur electit in Brussels-Caipital Region, hae nae richt tae vote on Flemish regional affairs.

Admeenistrative diveesions[eedit | eedit soorce]

Provinces in the Flemish Region

The Flemish Region comprises 5 provinces, each consistin o admeenistrative arrondissements which in turn contain municipalities (in total 308 municipalities in Flanders).

The Ceety o Brussels, the seat o the Flemish parliament, is locatit athin the Brussels-Caipital Region, which is surroondit bi the province o Flemish Brabant. Brussels contains baith the Flemish Community an the French Community, baith haein their institutions in Brussels.


Province Caipital ceety Admeenistrative arrondissements Population Aurie Population density
1 Template:Kintra data Antwerp (province) (Antwerpen) Antwerp (Antwerpen) Antwerpen, Mechelen, Turnhout 1,744,862 2,867 km² 587 / km²
2 Template:Kintra data Limburg (Belgium) (Limburg) Hasselt Hasselt, Maaseik, Tongeren 838,505 2,414 km² 333 / km²
3 Template:Kintra data East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) Ghent (Gent) Aalst, Dendermonde, Eeklo, Gent, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas 1,432,326 2,991 km² 459 / km²
4 Template:Kintra data Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) Leuven Halle-Vilvoorde, Leuven 1,076,924 2,106 km² 493 / km²
5 Template:Kintra data Wast Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Bruges (Brugge) Brugge, Diksmuide, Ieper, Kortrijk, Oostende, Roeselare, Tielt, Veurne 1,159,366 3,125 km² 362 / km²

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Flanders is hame tae a diversifeed, relatively modren economy, wi emphasis put on research an development. Mony enterprises wirk closely wi local knowledge an research centres tae develop new products an services. [2]

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bus o "De Lijn"

"De Lijn" serves as the main public transport company, run bi the Flemish govrenment. It consists o buses an trams. TEC is the equivalent company in Wallonie, an MIVB-STIB in Brussels. The railway netwirk run bi the NMBS, housomeivver, is still a federal responsibility.

The govrenment is an aw responsible for aboot 500 kilometers o regional roads (Dutch: gewestwegen) an aboot 900 kilometers o heich-gates in the territory o the Flemish Region. Ither types o roads are provincial roads an municipal roads.

Demographics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Lairgest ceeties in the region include (wi population figurs in 2010):[3]

The Flemish Diamond (Dutch: Vlaamse Ruit) is the name o the central, populous aurie in Flanders an consists o several o these ceeties, such as Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven an Mechelen. Approximately 5,500,000 fowk live in the aurie.

Leid[eedit | eedit soorce]

The offeecial leid is Dutch, sometimes colloquially referred to as Flemish. The main dialect groups include Wast Flemish, East Flemish, Brabantian an Limburgish.

The municipalities wi leid facilities near Brussels

French mey be uised for certain admeenistrative purposes in a limited number o the so-cried "municipalities wi leid facilities" aroond the Brussels-Caipital Region an on the border wi Wallonie.

"Rim municipalities" (aroond Brussels) are Drogenbos, Kraainem, Linkebeek, Sint-Genesius-Rode (French: Rhode-Saint-Genèse), Wemmel an Wezembeek-Oppem. Brussels wis oreeginally a Dutch-speakin ceety, but haes been frenchifeed in the 19t an 20t century an is nou lairgely French-speakin. A few municipalities in the Flemish agglomeration o Brussels are nou an aw frenchifeed.

Municipalities wi leid facilities on the border wi Wallonie are Bever (French: Biévène), Herstappe, Mesen (French: Messines), Ronse (French: Renaix), Spiere-Helkijn (French: Espierres-Helchin), Voeren (French: Fourons)

Education[eedit | eedit soorce]

Education in Belgium is regulatit bi the communities. In Flanders this is done bi the Flemish Community an in Brussels bi baith the Flemish an French Community.

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Coordinates: 51°00′N 4°30′E / 51.000°N 4.500°E / 51.000; 4.500