Contents 1 Politics 2 Administrative divisions 3 Economy 3.1 Transport 4 Demographics 4.1 Cities 4.2 Language 5 International relations 5.1 Twin towns and sister cities 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Politics[edit] Immediately after its establishment in 1980, the region transferred all its constitutional competencies to the Flemish Community. Thus, the current 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 by the 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.

Administrative divisions[edit] Further information: Provinces of Flanders Provinces in the Flemish Region 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 Flemish Brabant. Brussels contains both the Flemish Community and the French Community, both having their institutions in Brussels. Province Capital city Administrative arrondissements Population (1/1/2017) Area Population density 1  Antwerp (Antwerpen) Antwerp (Antwerpen) Antwerpen, Mechelen, Turnhout 1,836,030 2,867 km² 640 / km² 2  Limburg (Limburg) Hasselt Hasselt, Maaseik, Tongeren 867,413 2,414 km² 359 / km² 3  East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) Ghent (Gent) Aalst, Dendermonde, Eeklo, Gent, Oudenaarde, Sint-Niklaas 1,496,187 2,991 km² 500 / km² 4  Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) Leuven Halle-Vilvoorde, Leuven 1,129,849 2,106 km² 536 / km² 5  West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Bruges (Brugge) Brugge, Diksmuide, Ieper, Kortrijk, Oostende, Roeselare, Tielt, Veurne 1,186,532 3,125 km² 380 / km²

Economy[edit] 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 services.[2] Transport[edit] 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. The 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.

Demographics[edit] Cities[edit] Largest cities in the region include (with population figures as of 1 January 2017):[3] Antwerp (520,504) Ghent (259,083) Bruges (118,187) Leuven (100,291) Mechelen (85,665) Aalst (84,859) Hasselt (77,124) Kortrijk (75,736) Sint-Niklaas (76,028) Ostend (70,994) Genk (65,986) Roeselare (61,657) The 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. Language[edit] 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" around the Brussels-Capital Region and on the border with Wallonia. "Rim municipalities" (around Brussels) are Drogenbos, Kraainem, Linkebeek, Sint-Genesius-Rode, 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 frenchified (frenchified?). 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).

International relations[edit] Twin towns and sister cities[edit] Aichi,Japan[4]

See also[edit] Communities and regions of Belgium Provinces of regions in Belgium De Vlaamse Leeuw Count of Flanders Flanders Flemish

References[edit] ^ Population per municipality as of 1 January 2017 (XLS; 397 KB) ^ "Flanders | Flanders fits you".  ^ "kek_demo".  ^ "ベルギー3地域と「友好交流及び相互協力に関する覚書」を締結". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 

External links[edit] (in English) Flemish authorities (Dutch: Vlaamse overheid). (in English) Flanders online (also in French, German and Dutch). Toerisme Vlaanderen (in French) French Flanders (in Dutch) Frans-Vlaanderen (in Dutch) The Flemish region reaches 6 million inhabitants v t e  Flanders topics Territories Modern Belgium Flemish Region Flemish Community Neighbouring and historical regions Margravate County French Flanders Zeelandic Flanders Romance Flanders Local regions Flemish Ardennes Campine Denderstreek Hageland Haspengouw Pajottenland Meetjesland Westhoek Waasland ... Provinces (and cities) West Flanders (Bruges) East Flanders (Ghent) Antwerp (Antwerp) Flemish Brabant (Leuven) Limburg (Hasselt) See also Brussels List of municipalities Flemish Diamond Politics Flemish Parliament Flemish Government Community Commission (Brussels) Political parties Minister-President Symbols and history Anthem Coat of arms Day of the Flemish Community Guldensporenslag De Leeuw van Vlaanderen Flag Other topics Flemish Movement Language Literature Painting People Education Science and technology Transport Agriculture v t e Subdivisions of Belgium Communities Flemish French German-speaking Regions and Provinces Capital (Brussels)   Flemish (Flanders) Antwerp East Flanders Flemish Brabant Limburg West Flanders Walloon (Wallonia) Hainaut Liège Luxembourg Namur Walloon Brabant Arrondissements Administrative Electoral Judicial Municipalities by region Capital (Brussels) Flemish (Flanders) Walloon (Wallonia) Coordinates: 51°00′N 4°30′E / 51.000°N 4.500°E / 51.000; 4.500 Retrieved from "" Categories: Politics of FlandersGovernment of BelgiumNUTS 1 statistical regions of the European UnionHidden categories: Use dmy dates from June 2013Articles with hAudio microformatsArticles containing French-language textArticles with French-language external linksArticles with Dutch-language external linksCoordinates on Wikidata

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