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Historical centre of Ghent
Coat of arms
East Flanders (Dutch: Oost-Vlaanderen, Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found., German: Ostflandern) is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium.
Its capital, and also the largest city of the province, is Ghent (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found., Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.).
East in East Flanders means that it is in eastern part of Flanders, a region that forms part of the present Belgium. The word Flanders refers to the historic county of Flanders and appears for the first time in the year 358 under the name pagus Flandrensis (pagus is a Latin word meaning a very small town, with only few houses).
In 1815, during the creation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the department became the province of East Flanders.
East Flanders borders (clockwise from the North) on the Netherlands and in Belgium on the provinces of Antwerp, Flemish Brabant (both in Flanders), of Hainaut (Wallonia) and of West Flanders (Flanders).
The province has an area of 2,991 km2 (1,155 sq mi) with a population of 1,486,722 and a density of 497.1 inhabitants per km².
The main river in the province is the Scheldt (Dutch: Schelde, Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.); it merges with the Leie in Ghent. The Dender flows into the Scheldt in the city of Dendermonde.
Population by arrondissement
Population on 1 January of each year.
|Province of East Flanders||1,398,253||1,408,484||1,420,415||1,432,326||1,445,831||1,454,716|
- Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
- "Vanwaar kom de naam Vlaanderen en wat was de naam daarvoor?". Ik heb een vraag (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- Institut National de Statistique - Direction générale Statistique et Information économique
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- (Dutch) Official Website