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The Flemish Region of Belgium

Flanders ('Vlaanderen') is one of the three Belgian regions with its own government, parliament and administration. The other two are the Brussels-Capital Region and the Walloon Region. Comprised of the Dutch-speaking part of the country, the Flemish Region has the largest population of the three (58%).

As a result of various state structure reforms over the last 30 years, Belgium has been transformed into a federal state, giving the regions more and more responsibilities. Apart from the environment, the Flemish government is also competent in other matters, such as the economy, employment, education and culture, agriculture, foreign trade, land planning, urban development, housing, public works ...

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Flanders Belgium EU-27
total population (2009)  6 211 065 10 757 356 497 649 125 (2008)
surface area 13 522 km² 30 528 km² 4 403 357 km² (2006)
capital Brussels Brussels  Brussels 
highest point Voeren (288 m) Botrange (694 m)  Mont Blanc (4 811 m) 
population density (2008) 456 inhabitants/km² 349 inhabitants/km²  116 inhabitants/km²
           (2008) 
population growth (2000-2008) 4.1 % 4.6 %   3.4 % 
proportion of population aged
65 or older (2008)
17.9 % 17.1 %  17.0 %  
proportion of population younger
than 20 (2008) 
22.1 %  23.0 % 
21.7 %
gross domestic product (GDP)
(2009)
195,1 billion euros  338,1 billion euros  11 802,5 billion euros 
GDP per inhabitant (2008)  30 100 euros  29 700 euros  25 100 euros 
average real annual GDP growth
in 2000-2009
3.0 %  3.0 %  2.5 % 
level of employment (a) (2009) 65,8 %  61,6 %  64.6 %
level of unemployment (b) (2009) 7.1 % 7.9 %  8.9 %
number of fatal traffic victims  per
100 000 inhabitants (2008) 
8.0 8.8  8.9 (2007) 
life expectancy (at birth) (2007)
men 
77.9 years 77.0 years 76.1 years
life expectancy (at birth) (2007)
women
82.9 years 82.7 years  82.2 years  
proportion of CHP in gross
electricity consumption (%)  
18.9 (2009) 12.5 (2007)  11.0 (2008) 
proportion of renewable energy
sources in gross electricity
consumption (%) (2008) 
4.7 (2009)  5.3 16.7

(a) number of employed as % of the population at active employment age (15-64 years)
(b) number of unemployed as % of the population at active employment age (15-64 years)

Source: FGS Economy (Statistics Department), Eurostat (Thematical statistics database), Eurostat Yearbook 2010, Research Centre of the Flemish Government (including Flanders in Figures 2010), FGS Employment, Labour and Social Policy and Flanders Energy Balance VITO

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