East Flanders facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsEast Flanders (Dutch: Oost-Vlaanderen
|Province of Belgium|
Historical centre of Ghent
|- location||Kluisbergen, Oudenaarde, East Flanders|
|- elevation||150 m (492 ft)|
|Area||2,991 km² (1,155 sq mi)|
|Population||1,454,716 (1 January 2012)|
|Density||486 /km² (1,259 /sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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 1,454,716 and a density of 486.4 inhabitants per km².
The province of Hainaut is divided into six arrondissements (Aalst, Dendermonde, Eeklo, Ghent, Oudenaarde and Sint-Niklaas) and a total of 65 municipalities.
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|
Images for kids
The Gravensteen in Ghent, the provincial capital
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