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The Flemish Region (Dutch: Vlaams Gewest, pronounced [ˌvlaːms xəˈʋɛst] (listen)),[lower-alpha 1] usually simply referred to as Flanders (Dutch: Vlaanderen [ˈvlaːndərə(n)] (listen))[lower-alpha 2] is one of the three regions of Belgium—alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region. Covering the northern portion of the country, the Flemish Region is primarily Dutch-speaking. With an area of 13,522 km2 (5,221 sq mi), it accounts for only 45% of Belgium's territory, but 57% of its population. It is one of the most densely populated regions of Europe with around 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi).
Vlaams Gewest (Dutch)
|Anthem: De Vlaamse Leeuw|
("The Flemish Lion")
|Coordinates: 51°00′N 4°30′E|
|Seat||City of Brussels (which is not part of the Flemish Region)|
|• Executive||Flemish Government|
|• Governing parties (2019)||N-VA, CD&V, Open Vld|
|• Minister-President||Jan Jambon (N–VA)|
|• Legislature||Flemish Parliament|
|• Speaker||Liesbeth Homans (N–VA)|
|• Total||13,522 km2 (5,221 sq mi)|
(1 January 2020)
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|• Ethnic group||Flemings|
Dutch and French (in municipalities with language facilities)
|ISO 3166 code||BE-VLG|
|Celebration Day||11 July|
The Flemish Region is distinct from the Flemish Community: the latter encompasses both the inhabitants of the Flemish Region and the Dutch-speaking minority living in the Brussels-Capital Region.