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West Flanders

West Flanders
(Dutch: West-Vlaanderen)
Province of Belgium
Flag of West Flanders
Flag
Coat of arms of West Flanders
Coat of arms
Location of West Flanders
Coordinates:
Country  Belgium
Region  Flemish Region
Capital Bruges
Government
 • Governor Carl Decaluwé
Area
 • Total 3,125 km2 (1,207 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 1,169,990
 • Density 370/km2 (970/sq mi)
Website .be.west-vlaanderenwww

West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen ;[2] West Flemish: West Vloandern; French: (Province de) Flandre-Occidentale; German: Westflandern) is the most western 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). Other important cities are Kortrijk in the south and Ostend on the coast, Roeselare and Ypres. The province has an area of 3,125 km² which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.

The North Sea coast of Belgium, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch border.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Industry 2
  • Language 3
  • Sport 4
  • List of Governors 5
  • Subdivisions 6
    • Arrondissements 6.1
    • Judicial arrondissements 6.2
    • Municipalities 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8

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 Belgian province that borders 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.

Language

The region has a very distinct dialect of Dutch called West Flemish. This distinctive dialect is a part of the strong sense of identity of the inhabitants of the region.

Sport

The city Bruges has two clubs playing in the highest national football league of Belgium (Belgian Pro League); Club Brugge KV and Cercle Brugge K.S.V..

Other cities, playing in the highest league, are K.V. Kortrijk, K.V. Oostende and S.V. Zulte Waregem.

The teams Knack Randstad Roeselare and Prefaxis Menen play in the highest volleyball league. Knack Randstad Roeselare also plays in the CEV Champions League, the European Championsleague.

BC Oostende is a basketball team which plays in the major basketball league of Belgium.

List of Governors

Subdivisions

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

References

  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2013 (XLS; 607.5 KB)
  2. ^ Vlaanderen in isolation: .

External links

  • Official website of the Province of West Flanders
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