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    Discover Flanders

    Flanders is the northern federated state of Belgium with Brussels as its capital. It is a gateway to Europe and is located at less than 500 km from major European capitals. It shares its own capital with the EU, NATO and numerous other international institutions and companies. Together with the renowned seaports, the extensive railway and road network, the productive and highly-educated population, the excellent healthcare and the R&D-friendly climate, this is what makes Flanders unique in Europe.

    million Flemings in 2019
    Discover Flanders
    • At the heart of Europe

      Distance to London: 365 km, distance to Amsterdam: 202 km, distance to Düsseldorf: 203 km, Frankfurt: 400 km, distance to Paris: 305 km

      Flanders is the gateway to Europe. In addition to a productive and highly qualified population and a research and investment-friendly climate, Flanders possesses an extensive rail and road network as well as several large ports. Discover the major sea ports and Zaventem airport below.

      • Loskraan in de Haven van Antwerpen

        Port of Antwerp

        • 214,1
          million tons of goods loaded and unloaded in 2016
        • 40
          seagoing vessels per day in 2016
      • Port of Ghent

        • 29,1
          million tons of goods loaded and unloaded in 2016
        • 8
          seagoing vessels per day in 2016
      • Port of Zeebrugge

        • 37,8
          million tons of goods loaded and unloaded in 2016
        • 22
          seagoing vessels per day in 2016
      • Brussels Airport

        • 60.000
          passengers per day in 2016
        • 613
          flights per day in 2016
    • An inspiring past

      The past is tangible in Flanders. Impressive art collections attract tourists from all over the world. In our art cities you can stroll through the winding streets. Discover some of the highlights below.

      • In Flanders Fields Museum

        The In Flanders Fields Museum is an interactive war museum located in the Cloth Halls of the City of Ieper (Ypres). The name refers to a poem written by the military physician John McCrae: In Flanders Fields. The stories of our contemporaries who experienced the war close up play a central role in the museum.


      • The Bruges canals (Brugse reien)

        In the Middle Ages, Bruges was one of the main trading cities in Europe. The ‘Brugse reien’, the small canals in the centre of Bruges, are highly distinctive. Bruges is called the Venice of the North because of its many small canals with their arch bridges.

      • Museum aan de Stroom (MAS)

        Antwerp is a city on a river with a port. For centuries this has resulted in encounters and exchanges. The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) collects the traces of these exchanges and uses them to tell new stories. Come and discover Antwerp in the world and the world in Antwerp.

      • De Kuip

        De Kuip is the historical centre of Ghent. There you can get to know the city, its rich history and self-willed residents.


      • Grote Mart/Grand Place in Brussels

        The Grote Markt or Grand Place in Brussels is the vibrant heart of the Capital of Europe. The square is a testament to Brussels’ aesthetic and historic wealth with buildings such as the Town Hall, the Breadhouse and many guildhalls. It is the perfect starting point for a visit to the capital of Flanders and of Europe.


      • St. Rumbold’s Tower

        According to legend, Mechelen locals are always too late. Therefore, in the 18th century, St. Rumbold’s Tower was designed with a timepiece on four sides boasting dials larger than those on Big Ben in London. The timepiece is no longer there, but the weekly carillon concerts still remind us of this. Mechelen even has a Royal Carillon School, the first and oldest in the world.


      • Coalmines

        The first coal was mined from the Kempen substrate in 1901. Coal production peaked following the Second World War. In Beringen the oldest mining headquarters, including the city gardens that surround it, have been completely preserved. It is a gem of industrial archaeology.

    • Flemish food

      3234 chip shops

      The Flemish don’t just love chips from the chip shop. Good food and drink feature high on our list of priorities. Discover several typical local Flemish products and dishes below.

      • Chicory

        Chicory is a white vegetable with a bitter taste. Chicory was first ‘invented’ in a cellar in Schaerbeek. It is often used in oven-cooked dishes but can also be eaten raw in a salad..

      • Waterzooi

        Waterzooi is a typical Ghent dish made with chicken or fish, vegetables, cream and potatoes. It is served with bread as a kind of soup.

      • Hasselt speculaas and Limburg treacle

        Hasselt speculaas is not thin and crispy but a thick biscuit that is soft in the middle. Combine it with Limburg treacle to create a delicious dessert.

      • Pumpkin soup

        Kasterlee, located in the verdant Antwerp Kempen, has been the ultimate pumpkin city since the 17th century. Its residents are famous for being lovers of pumpkin soup.

      • Pork rib-eye with parsnips

        West Flanders is the main pig farming province: it is home to three times as many pigs as people. Discover this mouth-watering recipe of pork rib-eye with parsnips, a tasty and forgotten winter vegetable.

    • First-class education

      28% of the Government of Flanders' total budget is spent on education

      Education is a top priority for Flanders and ranks among the best in Europe. Flanders possesses an extensive network of schools offering high-quality education. Discover the five main university centres below.

      • Antwerp

        Antwerp University Association is a structural cooperation partnership involving four higher education institutions in Antwerp: University of Antwerp, Karel de Grote University College, Artesis Plantijn University College and the Antwerp Maritime Academy.

      • Leuven

        The KU Leuven Association is a cooperation partnership involving twelve higher education institutions, making it the largest in Flanders.

      • Gent

        Ghent University Association is a cooperation partnership involving four higher education institutions: Ghent University (UGent), University College Ghent, Artevelde University College Ghent and Howest, University College West Flanders.

      • 15000 students


        The Brussels University Association consists of the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Erasmus University College Brussels.

      • 10000 students


        The Limburg University Association is a cooperation partnership involving three Limburg institutions:[KF1]  Hasselt University (UHasselt), PXL University College PXL and the PHL University College Limburg.