West Flanders


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West Flanders,

Du. West-Vlaanderen, Fr. Flandre Occidentale, province (1991 pop. 1,106,829), W Belgium, bordering on the North Sea in the west, on the Netherlands in the northeast, and on France in the south. The chief cities are BrugesBruges
or Brugge
, city (1991 pop. 117,063), capital of West Flanders prov., NW Belgium, connected by canal with Zeebrugge (on the North Sea), its outer port. It is a rail junction as well as a commercial, industrial, and tourist center.
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 (the capital), KortrijkKortrijk
, Fr. Courtrai, city (1991 pop. 76,141), West Flanders prov., SW Belgium, on the Leie River. It is an important linen, lace, and textile-manufacturing center. Kortrijk was one of the earliest (14th cent.
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, OostendeOostende
, Fr. Ostende, city (1991 pop. 68,500), West Flanders prov., W Belgium, on the North Sea. It is a major commercial and fishing port, connected by canals with Bruges and Ghent. Oostende is also an industrial and rail center, as well as a seaside resort.
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, YpresYpres
, Du. Ieper, commune (1991 pop. 35,235), West Flanders prov., SW Belgium, near the French border. It is an agricultural market and an industrial center. Manufactures include textiles, textile-making machinery, and processed food.
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, and RoeselareRoeselare
, Fr. Roulers, city (1991 pop. 532,872), West Flanders prov., W Belgium. It is an industrial center. Manufactures include textiles, chemicals, and metal products. At Roeselare, in 1794, the French under Pichegru defeated the Austrians.
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. West Flanders is drained by the Leie and Yser rivers and has many small canals. It has considerable fertile soil; grain, flax, potatoes, sugar beets, and tobacco are grown. Dairy cattle are raised. Fishing is pursued in the North Sea. The province's varied manufactures include textiles, linen, and metal goods. West Flanders is mainly Dutch-speaking. For its history, 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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West Flanders

 

(West-Vlaanderen), a province in Belgium; situated on the North Sea in the basin of the Ijzer and Lys rivers. Area, 3,200 sq km. Population, 1,069,800 (1975). The provincial capital is the city of Bruges. The land is used for both industrial and agricultural purposes. The main branches of industry in the province are machine building and the textile industry and are centered in Bruges, Sint-Michiels, Roeselare, and Kortrijk. The agricultural sector mainly specializes in the cultivation of grain and sugar beets and the raising of livestock; flax, tobacco, and chicory are also grown. Zeebrugge is an important port, and Oostende is an internationally famous health resort on the sea.

West Flanders

a province of W Belgium: the country's chief agricultural province. Capital: Bruges. Pop.: 1 135 802 (2004 est.). Area: 3132 sq. km (1209 sq. miles)
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Located in the famous Cloth Hall, discover the In Flanders' Fields Museum, which presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region.
The West Flanders provincial authority has agreed to create and maintain a Welsh garden of remembrance to surround the memorial.
They've got East and West Flanders but we've got Ned Flanders (aka Hugh Keevins).
08 at an outlet in the West Flanders region of Belgium, the product is available at Cora stores nationwide, as well as in France, the French West Indies, Luxembourg and Romania.
With caretaker Philippe Clement - a former World Cup 98 and Euro 2000 Belgium international in case you wondered - thrown the reins as Brugge attempt to stop their alarming slide down the table and potential elimination from continental competition, football is front page news in the papers here in West Flanders at the moment.
Mullen covered the 19km at Adinkerke in West Flanders in 24 minutes and three seconds.
Sunparks in Oostduinkerke (easy for you to say) is 10 minutes from the west Flanders coastline and a 20-mile stretch of golden sandy beaches.
A section is included for documented lost, disappeared and relocated panels originally from East and West Flanders.
As a marching band belts out La Marseillaise, winning jockey Marc-Antoine Dragon and trainer Patrice Quinton are surrounded by about 20 candidates from the Miss West Flanders beauty pageant, all wearing sashes in the red, black and gold national colours.
I suspect she underestimated the power of those words, finding herself instantly promoted, given a pay rise and moved to our Belgian affiliate office to work on the West Flanders Cheese Museum account.
First up for them is a criterium in Ledegem, West Flanders tomorrow, followed by a couple of kermesses - multi-lap, town circuit events - in Lovendegem and Ardooie on Saturday and Sunday.

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