Vlissingen

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Vlissingen

(vlĭs`ĭng-ən) or

Flushing

(flŭsh`ĭng), city (1994 pop. 44,211), Zeeland prov., SW Netherlands, on the southern coast of the former island of WalcherenWalcheren
, region, Zeeland prov., SW Netherlands, on the North Sea at the entrance to the Scheldt estuary. Middelburg is the chief city and is also the capital of Zeeland prov. Vlissingen is also important.
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. Its manufactures include shipbuilding, chemicals, and gears. Dairying, cattle, sugar beets, vegetables, grain, and fishing are also important. The city has developed into a successful resort as well. Chartered in 1247, Vlissingen was one of the first Dutch towns to rebel (1572) against Spain. Because it dominates the approach (via the Western Scheldt) to AntwerpAntwerp,
Du. Antwerpen, Fr. Anvers, city (1991 pop. 467,518), capital of Antwerp prov., N Belgium, on the Scheldt River. It is one of the busiest ports in Europe; a commercial, industrial, and financial center; and a rail junction.
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, Vlissingen has been the scene of several battles. During World War II the Allies captured (1944) the city from the Germans after bitter fighting.
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Vlissingen

 

a city and port in The Netherlands, in Zeeland Province. Population, 42,400 (1975). Vlissingen is located on the island of Walcheren, at the point where the Westerschelde River empties into the North Sea. The city has enterprises for the construction and repair of ships and the production of chemicals and aluminum.

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