West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of the Flemish Region, also named Flanders, in Belgium. It borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands, the Flemish province of East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen) and the Walloon province of Hainaut (Henegouwen) in Belgium, on France, and the North Sea. Its capital is Bruges (Brugge). It has an area of 3,125 km², which is divided into eight administrative districts (arrondissementen) containing 64 municipalities.
The whole Belgian North Sea coast, an important tourism destination, lies in West Flanders. A tram line runs the length of the coast, from De Panne on the French border, via the port of Ostend (Oostende), to Knokke-Heist on the Dutch frontier.
The region is known for its textile industry, with companies such as Beaulieu and Libeco-Lagae. The region around Kortrijk is called the Dallas of Belgium for its entrepreneurship. Tourism is also an important industry in West-Flanders, major touristic attractions include the Belgian coast, the historic center of Bruges, and Flanders Fields, the WWI battlefields around Ypres.
List of Governors
- 1830-1831 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
- 1832-1834 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
- 1836-1849 : Felix de Muelenaere (Catholic Party)
- 1849-1857 : Adolphe de Vrière (Liberal)
- 1857-1877 : Benoît Vrambout (Liberal)
- 1877-1878 : Léon Ruzette (Catholic Party)
- 1878-1883 : Theodore Heyvaert (Liberal)
- 1883-1884 : Guillaume De Brouwer (Liberal)
- 1884-1901 : Léon Ruzette (Catholic Party)
- 1901 : Jean-Baptiste de Bethune (Catholic Party)
- 1901-1903 : Charles d'Ursel (Catholic Party)
- 1903-1907 : Jean-Baptiste de Bethune (Catholic Party)
- 1907-1912 : Albéric Ruzette (Catholic Party)
- 1912-1933 : Léon Janssens de Bisthoven
- 1933-1940 : Henri Baels (Catholic Party)
- 1940-1944 : Michel Bulckaert
- 1944-1979 : Pierre van Outryve d'Ydewalle (CD&V)
- 1979 : Leo Vanackere (CD&V)
- 1979-1997 : Olivier Vanneste (CD&V)
- 1997-present : Paul Breyne (CD&V)
The Province of West Flanders is divided into 4 judicial arrondissements.
Municipalities that have city status have a (city) behind their name here.
23. Izegem (city)
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