Flemish Region (Dutch: Vlaams Gewest (help·info);
French: Région flamande) is one of the three official regions of the
Kingdom of Belgium—alongside the
Walloon Region and the
Brussels-Capital Region. Colloquially, it is usually simply referred
to as Flanders. It occupies the northern part of
Belgium and covers an
area of 13,522 km2 (44.29% of Belgium). It is one of the most
densely populated regions of Europe with around 480 inhabitants per
2 Administrative divisions
5 International relations
5.1 Twin towns and sister cities
6 See also
8 External links
Immediately after its establishment in 1980, the region transferred
all its constitutional competencies to the
Flemish Community. Thus,
Flemish authorities (
Flemish Parliament and Flemish
Government) represent all the
Flemish people, including those living
in the Brussels-Capital Region. Hence, the
Flemish Region is governed
Flemish Community institutions. However, members of the Flemish
Community parliament elected in the
Brussels-Capital Region have no
right to vote on
Flemish regional affairs.
Further information: Provinces of Flanders
Provinces in the
Flemish Region comprises five provinces, each consisting of
administrative arrondissements that, in turn, contain municipalities
(in total 308 municipalities in Flanders).
Brussels city, the seat of the
Flemish parliament, is located within
the Brussels-Capital Region, which is surrounded by the province of
Brussels contains both the
Flemish Community and the
French Community, both having their institutions in Brussels.
Antwerpen, Mechelen, Turnhout
640 / km²
Hasselt, Maaseik, Tongeren
359 / km²
Aalst, Dendermonde, Eeklo, Gent, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas
500 / km²
Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant)
536 / km²
Brugge, Diksmuide, Ieper, Kortrijk, Oostende, Roeselare, Tielt, Veurne
380 / km²
Flanders is home to a diversified modern economy, with emphasis put on
research and development. Many enterprises work closely with local
knowledge and research centres to develop new products and
Bus of "De Lijn"
"De Lijn" serves as the main public transport company, run by the
Flemish government. It consists of buses and trams. TEC is the
equivalent company in Wallonia, and MIVB-STIB in Brussels. The railway
network run by the NMBS, however, is a federal responsibility.
Flemish government is also responsible for about 500 kilometers of
regional roads (Dutch: gewestwegen) and about 900 kilometers of
highways in the territory of the
Flemish Region. Other types of roads
are provincial roads and municipal roads.
Largest cities in the region include (with population figures as of 1
Flemish Diamond (Dutch: Vlaamse Ruit) is the name of the central,
populous area in
Flanders and consists of several of these cities,
such as Antwerp, Ghent,
Leuven and Mechelen. Approximately 5,500,000
people live in the area.
The official language is Dutch, sometimes colloquially referred to as
Flemish. The main dialect groups include West Flemish, East Flemish,
Brabantian and Limburgish.
The municipalities with language facilities near Brussels
French may be used for certain administrative purposes in a limited
number of the so-called "municipalities with language facilities"
Brussels-Capital Region and on the border with Wallonia.
"Rim municipalities" (around Brussels) are Drogenbos, Kraainem,
Wemmel and Wezembeek-Oppem. Brussels
was originally a Dutch-speaking city, but it was frenchified in the
19th and 20th century and is now largely French-speaking. A few
municipalities in the
Flemish agglomeration of
Brussels are now also
Municipalities with language facilities
Municipalities with language facilities on the border with Wallonia
are Bever (French: Biévène), Herstappe,
Mesen (French: Messines),
Ronse (French: Renaix),
Spiere-Helkijn (French: Espierres-Helchin),
Voeren (French: Fourons).
Twin towns and sister cities
Communities and regions of Belgium
Provinces of regions in Belgium
De Vlaamse Leeuw
Count of Flanders
^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB)
Flanders fits you". Flanders.be.
^ "kek_demo". Aps.vlaanderen.be.
Retrieved 15 May 2017.
Flemish authorities (Dutch: Vlaamse overheid).
Flanders online (also in French, German and Dutch).
(in French) French Flanders
(in Dutch) Frans-Vlaanderen
(in Dutch) The
Flemish region reaches 6 million inhabitants
Flemish Brabant (Leuven)
List of municipalities
Community Commission (Brussels)
Coat of arms
Day of the
De Leeuw van Vlaanderen
Science and technology
Subdivisions of Belgium
Coordinates: 51°00′N 4°30′E / 51.000°N 4.500°E /