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Province of West Flanders

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Canal, Bruges (© Stan Rippel -
Canal in Bruges, West Flanders.


West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of Flanders and of Belgium. It borders on (clockwise from the North) the Netherlands, the Belgian provinces of East Flanders and Hainaut, France and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges.

It has a surface area of 3151 km˛, a population of 1,129,000 inhabitants, and is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) which contain 64 municipalities.

The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important destination for tourism in Belgium, is in West Flanders. There is a tram line along the whole coast: De Panne - Ostend (Oostende) - Knokke-Heist.


Bruges ※
Provincial government building at night, Bruges (©
must-see Bruges
Lakenhalle and Belfry, Ypres (©
outstanding Ypres
Belgian seaside
Dunes near Knokke (© Claude Corda -
very good Belgian seaside

Beguinage & St Martin's Collegiate Church, Kortrijk (©
very good Kortrijk
Wynendale Castle
Wynendale Castle (photo by Zeisterre - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
very good Wijnendale Castle
good Veurne

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