West Flanders

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West Flanders

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 Bruges (the capital), Kortrijk, Oostende, Ypres, and Roeselare. 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 Flanders.
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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.

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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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