Zeelandic Flanders ( ) is
the southernmost region of the province of Zeeland in
south-western Netherlands. It lies south of the Western Scheldt that separates the region from the remainder of
Zeeland to the north. Zeelandic Flanders is bordered to the south
Zeelandic Flanders is the north-western part of the large
historical region of Flanders
lies mostly in Belgium. It shares a land border with the Belgian
provinces of East and West
It is a
latitudinally oriented strip of land along the Western Scheldt, a
Sea estuary, and has no land access with the rest of
The area of Zeelandic Netherlands is of
which is land and is water.
is bordered by the Zwin nature
reserve in the West and the Drowned Land of Saeftinghe in the East.
2003, Zeelandic Flanders consists of only three municipalities:
Sluis in the west, Terneuzen in the middle and Hulst in the
Flanders is connected to Flushing on Walcheren to the north of the Western Scheldt by the Western
Scheldt Tunnel and the ferry it replaced which is for pedestrians
and cyclists. A ferry that formerly ran from Perkpolder to Kruiningen in South
discontinued upon opening of the tunnel.
The Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
passes through Zeelandic Flanders.
Official Flag of Zeelandic
Except for some formerly insular areas, the region now called
Zeelandic Flanders was not part of the historical County of Zeeland
, but a part of the
County of Flanders
ruled by the House of Habsburg
The region was front line in the Eighty Years' War
and was conquered by the
near the end of the
war. As such, it was the only part of Flanders, which took part in
the insurgency, to become part of the new republic.
Zeelandic Flanders was subsequently ruled directly by the Dutch States-General
(parliament) as one of the Generality
and called Flanders of the States
). After occupation by the French in 1795, the area accrued to
With the formation of the United Kingdom of the
in 1815, the present province Zeeland was formed
and Zeelandic Flanders remained a part of it even after the 1830
the remainder of Dutch Flanders from the Netherlands.
, the population of Zeelandic Flanders was 107,853 with .
The native dialect of the western part of the region is Zeelandic Flemish
, a variety of West Flemish
. In the central regions, the
, itself a transition between
West Flemish and Hollandic
, are spoken. In
the eastern part, East Flemish