West Flanders(redirected from West-Vlaanderen Province, Belgium)
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(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.