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East Flanders,Du. Oost-Vlaanderen (ōst-vlän`dərən), Fr. Flandre Orientale, province (1991 pop. 1,335,793), 1,147 sq mi (2,971 sq km), NW Belgium, bordering on the Netherlands in the north. The chief towns are GhentGhent
, Du. Gent, Fr. Gand, city (1991 pop. 230,246), capital of East Flanders prov., W Belgium, at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie rivers. Connected with the North Sea by the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal and by a network of other canals, Ghent is a major port and
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, Fr. Saint-Nicolas, city (1991 pop. 68,203), East Flanders prov., N Belgium. It is the commercial, industrial, and transportation center of the Waas region, which has been transformed from a wasteland into an intensively cultivated area.
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, Fr. Alost, city (1991 pop. 76,382), East Flanders prov., W central Belgium. Aalst is a commercial and industrial center. Manufactures include textiles, clothing, and footwear. Known since the 9th cent.
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, Fr. Audenarde, commune (1991 pop. 27,162), East Flanders prov., W Belgium, on the Scheldt River. It is a textile center and a rail junction. At Oudenaarde, in 1708, the allies under Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy defeated the French under the dukes of
..... Click the link for more information. . The low-lying province is drained by the Scheldt, Dender, and Leie rivers. It has productive farms and growing industries. Manufactures include textiles, leather, steel, chemicals, and food processing. The population is mostly Dutch-speaking. For the history of East Flanders, see FlandersFlanders
, former county in the Low Countries, extending along the North Sea and W of the Scheldt (Escaut) River. It is divided among East Flanders and West Flanders provs., Belgium; Nord and Pas-de-Calais depts., France; and (to a small extent) Zeeland prov., the Netherlands.
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(Oost-Vlaanderen), a Belgian province, located in the basin of the Schelde River and its tributary the Lys. The province has an area of 3,000 sq km and a population of 1,323,500 (1975). The capital is Ghent. East Flanders is primarily industrial; Ghent, Aalst, Sint-Niklaas, and Ronse are the main centers of the textile, chemical, and machine-building industries. The intensive raising of livestock for meat and dairy products, the cultivation of grain, and suburban market farming are also practiced.