January 22, 2022
Flanders (German: Vlaanderen) is one of the three lands of Belgium (the other two lands are Brussels and Wallonia). It includes the provinces of West Flanders, East Flanders, Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, Limburg. The main city is Brussels (now it belongs to the Belgian land of the same name, ie it is not subordinated to Flanders). Major cities: Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen, Leuven, Bruges, Hasselt. The population of Flanders is Flemish. The official language is Dutch. The Flemish Parliament (German: Vlaams Parlement) is elected for 5 years by direct universal suffrage (only Belgian nationals residing in Flanders have the right to vote). The Flemish Parliament forms the Flemish Government. The process of delimitation between the Flemish Government and the Belgian Federal Government began in 1980 in connection with the Belgian federalization program and continues on many issues, although the basic principles of delimitation are set out in the Belgian Constitution.