Flanders has an area of13,522 km² and is situated in the northern region of Belgium. Our region boasts about 6 million inhabitants Flanders is situated in the centre of the major West European industrial regions on the crossroads of many important industrial and travel axes.
In European history, Flanders has had a lot of faces. The name itself is related to the county that was formed around the region of Bruges in the early 8th century. From that point on, a wide variety of European nations (France, Spain, Austria-Hungary, the Netherlands,…) reigned over the region at some point in history. Traces of this can still be found in the culture, language and monuments that are scattered over the lands. After the Belgian independence of the Netherlands in 1830, Flanders became what it is now. A versatile and innovative region, with warm and welcoming inhabitants. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover all this yourself!
At first, they appear to be modest and introverted. Initially, most of them do not make contact easily with people they do not know. From the moment they get to know you, however, they become very sociable. Never hesitate to start a conversation, as the Flemish are helpful and friendly, especially when you try to talk their language. In Flanders Dutch is the main language, although French is spoken in the southern part of Belgium, Wallonia, and to a large extent in Brussels as well.. If people hear that you do not speak Dutch easily they will switch to French, English, German or even another language to help you.
good bye: tot ziens
how are you?: hoe gaat het?
(hoo GAHT hut?)
fine, thank you: goed, dank u
(GOOT, dahnk uu)
do you speak English?: spreekt u Engels?
(SPRAYKT uu ENG-uls?)